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Davydenko advances in Dubai

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:07

Davydenko dropped the first set in a tie-break to France’s Florent Serra but hit back to take the next two 6-4 6-1.

Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also advanced after fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra withdrew from their match after losing the first set.

Tsonga won the tie-break 11-9 before Llodra announced he was unable to continue, citing a hamstring injury.

It was a good day for the seeded players with sixth seed Marin Cilic easing through, the Croatian disposing of France’s Arnaud Clement 6-2 6-4.

Seventh seed Mikhail Youzhny was made to work much harder for his place in the next round, the Russian recovering from a set down to beat Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko 6-7 (3/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-1.

There were also victories for Janko Tipsarevic over Andreas Seppi, Michael Berrer over Sergiy Stakhovsky and Tommy Robredo over Julien Benneteau.

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