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Davydenko To Play Tsonga In Marseille

Marseille, France

Davydenko© Yohan Brandt - Open 13Nikolay Davydenko will meet second seed and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round.

Former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko, the oldest player competing in the Open 13 field at 32 years and eight months, will meet second seed and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round after a fine performance on Tuesday.

Davydenko hit 12 aces to knock out Igor Sijsling 6-4, 6-4 in 82 minutes. Sijsling is at a career-high No. 52 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after he reached the semi-finals at last week's ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (l. to Cilic).

Sixth seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who is one of eight Frenchmen in the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, hit 13 aces and withstood 23 aces from Ante Pavic’s racquet to beat the qualifier 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5. He will next face Sergiy Stakhovsky, who saved 10 of 12 break points and struck 15 aces in a 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over qualifier Daniel Evans in just under two hours.

Fifth-seeded Croatian Ivan Dodig saved  11 of 11 break points faced - and served 11 aces - in a 7-5, 6-2 win over Frenchman Albano Olivetti.

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