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Czech Berdych through

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:33

The fifth seed, who has twice reached the final in Halle and won the title in 2007, posted a 6-4 7-5 result against the world number 68 in only the second meeting between the two.

Berdych has been joined in the second round by sixth-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov, who was a 7-5 6-4 winner over countryman Igor Kunitsyn.

Home favourite Rainer Schuettler progressed after beating Frenchman Marc Giquel 6-3 6-4.

Two German wild cards also enjoyed successful starts in Halle with Benjamin Becker defeating Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4 6-4, while Tommy Haas was a 6-2 6-2 winner over Austrian Stefan Koubek.

Florent Serra battled back from a set down to over Israel’s Dudi Sela in their first-round clash, the Frenchman prevailing 1-6 6-4 6-2.

Roger Federer is the reigning champion but has yet to decide whether he will defend his crown following his success in the French Open.

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