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Monaco Begins Düsseldorf Title Defence; Davydenko Sweeps Into Second Round

Dusseldorf, Germany

Monaco© Laci Perenyi-Rochus Turnier GmbHJuan Monaco plays second seed Marcel Granollers in the second round at the Rochusclub.

World No. 54 Juan Monaco started his campaign to retain the Düsseldorf Open title on Tuesday with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Benjamin Becker in 57 minutes.

“Today, I felt something special,” said Monaco, who faces second seed Marcel Granollers in the second round. “I played a great match and I am looking forward to tomorrow.” The 30-year-old Monaco, a winner of eight ATP World Tour titles, met His Holiness Pope Francis in Rome last week.

Former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko won his first match since mid-March when he improved to a 3-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Dudi Sela with a 6-3, 6-1 win in one hour. The winner of 21 ATP World Tour titles will next play Jiri Vesely

Denis Istomin broke a three-match losing streak against sixth seed Jarkko Nieminen, last year’s runner-up, with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2 win in just under two hours. He is now two match wins away from 150 victories in his career.

Croatian Mate Delic triumphed over Michal Przysiezny of Poland 7-5, 7-5 to set a meeting with Dustin Brown in the second round. This was the 20-year-old qualifier's first ATP World Tour win.

The day's final match was suspended due to darkness, with Jason Kubler drawing even against qualifier Alessandro Giannessi 7-5, 3-6.

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Mixed Fortunes For Doubles Seeds
Top seed and last year’s finalists Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot fell to Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Pere Riba 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 in 83 minutes. Third seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky edged past Dusan Lajovic and Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7(5), 6-0, 10-8 in 82 minutes.

The Spanish-Portuguese pairing of Pablo Carreno Busta and Joao Sousa advanced after defeating Dustin Brown and Julian Knowle 6-2, 4-6, 10-8, and will meet second seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers in the quarter-finals.

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