DUSSELDORF OPEN 2014
Monaco Begins Düsseldorf Title Defence; Davydenko Sweeps Into Second Round
by ATP Staff|
“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.
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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.