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Ram Edges Baker; Capdeville Ends Tour-Level Win Drought

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Capdeville© Cynthia Lum/Farmers ClassicWorld No. 139 Chilean Paul Capdeville improved to a 3-4 record in tour-level matches this season.

Unseeded Rajeev Ram won his first ATP meeting against fellow American Brian Baker 7-6(3), 7-5 at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles on Monday.

World No. 117 Ram won 80 per cent of his first service points against No. 8 seeded wild card Baker and converted four of nine break point opportunities to advance to the second round in 1 hour and 42 minutes.

Earlier, Paul Capdeville won the opening match of the tournament, defeating Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 7-6(5).

Capdeville capitalised on three of his six break points and hit nine aces to advance past the Russian in one hour and 51 minutes.

The 139th-ranked Chilean improved to a 3-4 record in tour-level matches this season, but his previous two victories came in Davis Cup play. Entering the encounter with Kunitsyn, Capdeville’s last ATP World Tour win came in 2010 at Santiago.

Italian Flavio Cipolla, making his first hard court appearance of the summer, eased into the second round with victory over 19-year-old American wild card Jack Sock 6-3, 6-1.

World No. 93 Cipolla won 69 per cent of his first service points and converted five of his eight break point opportunities for victory in 69 minutes in the first meeting between the pair.

“I felt like I was hitting the ball pretty well," said Sock, ranked a career-high No. 263 this week. "I was hoping to use the height and the kick serve and high heavy forehands to get up on him. He handled it well. He played well tonight and credit to him.”

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