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Pashanski, Patience and Hrbaty Progress to Rd. 2

Casablanca, Morocco

Boris Pashanski recorded his first ATP-level victory since February when he reached the second round in Costa do Sauipe (l. to Almagro). © Getty ImagesBoris Pashanski recorded his first ATP-level victory since February when he reached the second round in Costa do Sauipe (l. to Almagro).

Boris Pashanski (pictured) recovered from dropping the first set to edge past Benjamin Becker 2-6, 6-3 7-6(3) in the first round of the Grand Prix Hassan II on Sunday.

It was the 25-year-old Serb’s first ATP-level victory since February when he reached the second round in Costa do Sauipe (l. to Almagro); he has lost first round at his other five ATP events this season. The World No. 106, who is making his debut in Casablanca, now advances to face either qualifier Gilles Simon or No. 7 seed Florent Serra.

Frenchman Olivier Patience also advanced, breaking serve three times in defeating Marcos Daniel 6-7(5), 7-6(0), 6-4 to set up a second round meeting with either No. 3 seed Agustin Calleri or Thierry Ascione.

Making his second appearance in Casablanca, Patience now improves to 2-5 for the season, having won his only ATP level match prior to this week in Costa do Sauipe.

Elsewhere, World No. 292 (former No. 12, Oct 2004) Dominik Hrbaty progressed as his opponent Peter Luczak was forced to retire with a right hamstring injury when trailing 2-1 in the first set. He now advances to face either No. 8 seed Victor Hanescu or Younes El Aynaoui.

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