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Former Finalists Troicki, Nieminen Win; Verdasco Finishes Strongly

Bangkok, Thailand

Troicki© AFP/Getty ImagesViktor Troicki was tested by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round.

Sixth seed and 2009 runner-up Viktor Troicki battled past Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 15 minutes on Tuesday at the Thailand Open in Bangkok.

"I love Bangkok, love the city, like the tournament," said Troicki. "The people always treat me well here and that’s why I feel happy to play here always. Three years ago I played finals here so I hope I do well again."

Fifth seed Fernando Verdasco, a semi-finalist in 2007 (l. to Tursunov), overcame a slow start to defeat Tatsuma Ito 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 in just over two hours. The Spanish left-hander saved 10 of the 13 break points he faced and broke Ito on seven occasions to notch his 28th win of the season (28-17 record).

Verdasco will face Donald Young in the second round after the American overcame Yen-Hsun Lu 5-7, 6-2, 7-5, converting four of his 20 break point chances. The 23-year-old Young, runner-up to Andy Murray in the final last year, recorded just his fourth tour-level win of the season.

Eighth seed Bernard Tomic impressed in a 6-0, 6-2 dismissal of 2010 champion Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The Australian required just 71 minutes as he converted five of 13 break points and 60 per cent of his return points. The 19 year old is making his debut at this ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tournament and improved to a 25-23 match record on the season.

Japanese qualifier Hiroki Moriya earned a second-round clash with top seed Janko Tipsarevic after edging Dutch Robin Haase 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 in two hours and eight minutes. The No. 204-ranked Moriya recorded the first tour-level win of his career.

Israeli Dudi Sela converted three of his four break point opportunities to beat Swiss wild card Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 6-4 in 90 minutes.

Seventh seed and 2010 finalist Jarkko Nieminen advanced to the second round after winning the first set 6-1 in 36 minutes against Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita, who retired due to a right ankle injury.

In the last match of the day, World No. 56 Grigor Dimitrov saved one match point as he battled past Chinese Taipei qualifier Tsung-Hua Yang 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7) in two hours and 16 minutes. The 21-year-old Bulgarian, who has reached three ATP World Tour semi-finals this year, goes onto face second seed Richard Gasquet.

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