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Mayer, Davydenko Win Montpellier Openers

Montpellier, France

Davydenko© Open Sud de FranceNikolay Davydenko won his first match of the 2012 season in Montpellier.

No. 6 seed Florian Mayer defeated Gilles Muller 7-6(3), 6-3 in the first round of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Monday.

The German withstood 15 aces from Muller, and saved all seven break points he faced to advance in one hour and 20 minutes.

Mayer, ranked 21st in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, captured his first ATP World Tour title last year at the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy in Bucharest (d. Andujar).

Former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko rolled in his opener, dismissing Stephane Robert 6-2, 6-1 in 59 minutes.

Though Robert won all 19 of his first serve points, wild card entrant Davydenko capitalised on his second serve return, taking 79 per cent of those points to break the Frenchman five times. The Russian snapped a four-match losing streak, dating back to a quarter-final defeat in Valencia last November.

French wild card Guillaume Rufin recorded his first tour-level match win in eight months, topping Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-4, 7-6(6) in just under two hours. Pospisil hit 11 aces, but Rufin kept his nerve to taste tour-level victory for the first time since beating Adrian Mannarino at Roland Garros in May 2011.

Marc Gicquel, Florent Serra, Maxime Teixeira and Roberto Bautista-Agut all qualified for the Montpellier main draw.

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