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Ex-champ Ljubicic opens with win in Lyon

By DAVID MOFFIT   |   Oct. 23, 2007 at 6:41 PM

LYON, France, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Former champion Ivan Ljubicic was among Tuesday's first-round winners at the Lyon Tennis Grand Prix.

The fifth-seeded Ljubicic defeated American Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (9-7). Ljubicic won this tennis tournament in 2001 for his first-ever ATP title.

In other action involving seeds, No. 6 Argentine Juan Monaco beat French qualifier Sebastien De Chaunac 6-7 (11-13), 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) and No. 8 Frenchman Gilles Simon beat Romanian veteran Andrei Pavel 6-2, 2-6, 6-1.

Also, German Benjamin Becker defeated veteran Frenchman Arnaud Clement 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (7-3. Clement was champion of this tournament in 2000 and runner-up in 2003.

This week's top seed is American Andy Roddick, who will open play Wednesday against Frenchman Fabrice Santoro. Roddick won this event in 2005 and Santoro in 1997.