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Paire Advances To Second Round; Lu Beaten

Chennai, India

Amritraj© Aircel Chennai OpenPrakash Amritraj joined his Indian compatriot Somdev Devvarman in the second round.

Fifth seed Benoit Paire hit six aces to beat Flavio Cipolla 6-3, 6-4 at the Aircel Chennai Open on Tuesday, while seventh seed Yen-Hsun Lu lost to Matthias Bachinger 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Wild card Somdev Devvarman, who finished runner-up in 2009 (l. to Cilic), got his third Chennai campaign off to a strong start with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Jan Hajek.

Sergiy Stakhovsky struck 10 aces to defeat qualifier Rubens Bemelmans 7-6(7), 7-6(5). Elsewhere, qualifier Prakash Amritraj battled past Guillaume Rufin 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-3.

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