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Davydenko Sets Berdych Clash In Barcelona

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Carreno-Busta© Manuel Queimadelos / Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell Pablo Carreno-Busta celebrates after prevailing in a third set tie-break.

Nikolay Davydenko will look to notch his 10th win in 12 meetings against Tomas Berdych when he faces the third-seeded Czech in the second round of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. Berdych has won two of their past three matches.

The 31-year-old Davydenko opened with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over 20-year-old Spanish wild card Roberto Carballes Baena, the youngest player in this year’s draw. The two-time Barcelona semi-finalist countered losing his serve three times by converting six of his 12 break points.

Ernests Gulbis and Dmitry Tursunov, who both qualified for the ATP World Tour 500 tournament, set up tricky second-round matches with Spaniards after posting straight-sets wins Monday. 

Gulbis beat Radek Stepanek 7-6(4), 6-2 and next meets Fernando Verdasco, whom he lost to in the quarter-finals of the Spaniard's 2010 title run. Tursunov will confront top seed and four-time finalist David Ferrer for the first time after defeating Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-4.

Two Spanish wild cards won their opening matches. Pablo Carreno-Busta edged Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(5) for his second tour-level victory, while Albert Montanes defeated Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3.

Elsewhere, Ivan Dodig saved five of seven break points to beat Aljaz Bedene 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 18 minutes. Andrey Kuznetsov required just 46 minutes to beat Igor Sijsling 6-1, 6-3 in the first round. Paolo Lorenzi won 80 per cent of his first service points to beat Guillaume Rufin 6-4, 6-2 in 76 minutes.

Magic Fountain of MontjuicATP Stars Make Magic 

Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Berdych and Kei Nishikori kicked off the 2013 Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell with a hit on a tennis court in front of the Magic Fountain of Montjuic. Nadal is chasing his eighth Barcelona this week and is unbeaten in 34 straight matches at the tournament.

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