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Top seeds advance easily at Dubai

Feb. 26, 2002 at 3:38 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Top seed Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain and third-seeded Thomas Johansson of Sweden each had an easy time in advancing to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships Tuesday.

Ferrero won the first set, 7-5, before Bihhdan Ulihrach of the Czech Republic retired due to tendinitis in his wrist. Ferrero claimed the title last year when Russia's Marat Safin retired with a back injury.

Johansson, the Australian Open champion, breezed to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Spain's Albert Costa,

Fourth-seeded Sebastian Grosjean of France posted a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Austria's Stefan Koubek and fifth seed Tim Henman of Britain had an even easier time against wild card Omar Bahrouzyan of the United Arab Emirates, 6-1, 6-0.

In other first-round matches, Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic defeated Frenchman Cedric Pioline, 6-3, 6-2; Spain's Alex Calatrava ousted Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, 6-3, 6-4; Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands got by Frenchman Arnaud Clement, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1); and Germany's Rainer Schuettler rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 win over Tommy Robredo of Spain.

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