The opening set proved to be an even contest between these two players and as a result a tie-break was required to determine a winner.
There was also very little to separate the duo in the breaker as service games were traded on numerous occasions.
It was Ferrer who eventually took a one-set lead as he emerged an 11-9 victor.
However, veteran Australian Hewitt responded with a break of Ferrer's serve to claim the second set 6-4.
Back came Ferrer in the next two sets though, with the Spaniard dropping just three games on his way to sealing his spot in round four 6-3 6-0.