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Davydenko Leads Russian Trio Through

Paris, France

Davydenko© AFP/Getty ImagesNikolay Davydenko won his Roland Garros opener in straight sets.

Two-time former Roland Garros semi-finalist Nikolay Davydenko led a trio of Russians through to the second round on Tuesday in Paris. 

Davydenko defeated wild card Florent Serra 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. The 31 year old is looking to reach the second week of a Grand Slam event for the first time since the 2010 Australian Open, when he advanced to the quarter-finals. Davydenko will next play Denis Istomin, who led 28th seed Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 when the German retired.

Mikhail Youzhny, the No. 29 seed, overcame the in-form Pablo Andujar 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in three hours and 13 minutes. Youzhny broke the Spaniard six times from 20 opportunities in the first-time meeting.

Dmitry Tursunov upset 22nd-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov 7-6(7), 6-4, 7-6(7). Tursunov won three more points in the match to avenge his loss to the Ukranian in Munich and move ahead 2-1 in the pair's FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Rain interfered with the day's action twice. It delayed the start of play until 1:45 p.m. local time and then suspended matches on court at 3:24 p.m.

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