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Querrey clears first hurdle

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:41

The third seed eased past his French opponent 6-3 6-4 to set up a second-round clash with wild card Rajeev Ram.

Querrey is the highest ranked American in the draw following the withdrawal of injured Andy Roddick, but he seems unconcerned with the added pressure.

“Maybe the spotlight is on me a bit but I don’t mind at all,” he said.

“Of course it would be better if Andy, James (Blake), Mardy (Fish) and the Bryan brothers were here. But they have other things going on.”

Seventh seed Marc Giquel was also a convincing winner in his opening match, the Frenchman beating Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2 6-3.

Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin, the eighth seed, made hard work of his match with American Kevin Kim though, eventually prevailing 2-6 6-4 6-4.

Wayne Odesnik fought back from a second-set collapse to see off Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7/5) 1-6 6-4 in over two hours.

In other first-round matches, Frank Dancevic of Canada was a 6-2 7-6 (7/5) winner over Bobby Reynolds while American John Isner overcame Josselin Ouanna of France 6-1 7-6 (8/6).

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