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Kafelnikov among seeds to advance

Feb. 19, 2002 at 8:07 PM

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia won his first-round match at the ABN/AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Tuesday with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Frenchman Julien Boutter.

Kafelnikov, the 1999 winner here, improved to 7-3 this year. He was beaten in the semifinals at the Marseille Open by Thomas Enqvist.

Fourth-seeded Sebastien Grosjean of France also advanced with a a hard-fought 7-6 (12-10), 7-6 (7-5) victory over Rotterdam native Raemon Sluiter.

Reigning Australian Open champion and fifth seed Thomas Johansson was successful in his opening match as he disposed of Hicham Arazi of Morocco, 6-4, 6-4.

Tim Henman, the sixth seed from Britian, had an easy time with German Nicolas Kiefer, 6-2, 6-2.

In other first-round matches, Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia outlasted Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (9-7); and Spaniard Tommy Robredo got by Russian Mikhail Youzhny, 6-2, 6-4.

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