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Granollers, Roger-Vasselin Into Second Round; Devvarman Falls

Chennai, India

Roger-Vasselin© Aircel Chennai OpenEdouard Roger-Vasselin won his 2014 ATP World Tour season opener Tuesday.

Sixth seed Marcel Granollers and seventh seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin both booked spots in the Aircel Chennai Open second round on Tuesday.

Granollers overcame qualifier Radu Albot 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 in two hours and 21 minutes, while Roger-Vasselin began his 2014 ATP World Tour season with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Albert Ramos.

Qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan, making his ATP World Tour debut, upset fellow Indian Somdev Devvarman, who reached the 2009 final ranked World No. 202, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 23 minutes.

“I was so nervous, so I couldn’t serve well initially,” said Ramanathan. “It was great that the crowd supported both of us. I just wanted to try my best on every point. I first thought I had a chance to win at the start of the third set, although he made it difficult for me to win. I am very happy to have won.”

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Another qualifier, Alexandr Kudryavtsev, also caused an upset when he defeated eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Yuki Bhambri, who is currently No. 195 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, converted all four of his break point opportunities to beat the ATP Most Improved Player of the Year in 2013, Pablo Carreno Busta, 6-4, 6-4.

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Indo-Pak Express Scrape Through
Top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, known as “The Indo-Pak Express”, completed a 6-4, 4-6, 11-9 win over Benoit Paire and Stanislas Wawrinka for a place in the quarter-finals.

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