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Dodig Sets Cilic Clash In Munich

Munich, Germany

Dodig© BMW/Martin HangenIvan Dodig is making his second Munich appearance.

Ivan Dodig set an all-Croatian clash with second seed Marin Cilic at the BMW Open after beating two-time former champion Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 in the first round on Monday in Munich. 

Dodig broke serve three times as he ousted former World No. 3 Davydenko in 72 minutes. Davydenko lifted the trophy at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament in 2004 (d. Verkerk) and 2011 (d. Mayer).

World No. 56 Dodig has split his previous two meetings with Cilic, with his No. 11-ranked countryman winning most recently two months ago in Memphis. The 28-year-old Dodig is bidding to reach his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season.

Russia’s Dmitry Tursunov fired 11 aces and saved all four break points he faced to defeat Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-3, 6-4 in 67 minutes. Last week, Tursunov stunned World No. 4 David Ferrer in the second round of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. He improved to a 10-5 match record on the season.

In an all-German first round match, Daniel Brands rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over wild card Tobias Kamke in just over two hours. "I’m extremely happy now because I played good," said Brands. "I tried to play aggressive."

Brands, who notched his 10th match win of the year, hoped to continue the form that carried him to the Bucharest quarter-finals last week. "That would be nice, but it’s not easy here in Munich because the draw is really strong," he said. "I just try my best every match and hope that I can get far in the tournament."

A second German wild card, Kevin Krawietz, fell to Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-4.

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