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Benneteau, Ebden, Ramos Cruise To Wins

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ebden© Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur 2012Matthew Ebden defeated Nikolay Davydenko's nephew in his first-round match.

Seventh seed Julien Benneteau opened his campaign at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday with a 7-6(2), 6-3 victory over Argentine Carlos Berlocq. The Frenchman saved four of the five break points he faced and won 75 per cent of points behind his first serve to claim victory in 90 minutes.

The 30-year-old Benneteau is making his debut at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament. The right-hander improved to a 22-19 match record on the season, highlighted by a runner-up showing at the Apia International Sydney (l. to Nieminen).

Australian Matthew Ebden lost just five points on serve against 20-year-old Russian wild card Philip Davydenko, nephew of Nikolay Davydenko, for a 6-0, 7-6(3) win in 78 minutes.

Spaniard Albert Ramos hit 14 aces and won 80 per cent of his service points to beat Austrian qualifier Julian Knowle 6-1, 6-4 in 70 minutes. Doubles specialist Knowle, 38, was playing his first main singles match since January 2005 at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Moya).

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