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2nd seed Blake withdraws with sore knee

Feb. 25, 2008 at 9:58 PM

MEMPHIS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Second-seeded American James Blake withdrew with a sore knee Monday from the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships.

Third-seeded German Tommy Haas, the defending champion, advanced in the first round with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Argentine Diego Hartfield.

Haas, a two-time defending champ, also won in 1999. He beat Andy Roddick in last year's final.

Seventh-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria had a tough match before beating American John Isner 6-7 (8-10), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

In other first-round action, Australian Chris Guccione defeated American Robert Kendrick 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5); Frenchman Florent Serra beat Brazil's Marcos Daniel 6-1, 6-2; Swede Jonas Bjorkman beat Chile's Paul Capdeville 6-3, 6-1; and Colombian Alejandro Falla defeated Israel's Dudi Sela, 6-4, 6-2.

Roddick, last week's champion in San Jose, is this week's top seed.

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