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Mannarino Sets Almagro Clash

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Delbonis© Kamarul Akhir/Malaysian OpenFederico Delbonis advanced to the second round.

Adrian Mannarino set a second-round clash with third seed Nicolas Almagro at the Malaysian Open on Monday in Kuala Lumpur, defeating Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-4. The Frenchman saved the six break points he faced as he advanced in 78 minutes.

Mannarino has performed well on the big stage in 2013. The 25 year old reached his first Grand Slam fourth round at Wimbledon, losing to Lukasz Kubot in five sets, and knocked out Sam Querrey to reach the US Open third round (l. to Federer). He will look to reach his second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season when he faces Almagro.

"It's my first time in Asia, so with the jet lag and everything it wasn't easy for me to play on Monday, but I think I played pretty well today," said Mannarino. "I was really solid. I served well in the big moments. It will be very tough [against Almagro]. I played him once already and he beat me. I'm expecting it to be very hard and I'm just going to try my best."

Argentine Federico Delbonis also advanced, defeating wild card Hyeon Chung 6-4, 6-2 in 73 minutes. Delbonis claimed his 11th tour-level win of the season, highlighted by beating Roger Federer to reach the final of the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships in Hamburg (l. to Fognini).

In the final round of qualifying, Somdev Devvarman, Mischa Zverev, Rajeev Ram and Matteo Viola all earned main draw spots.

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