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Murray advances in Netherlands

Feb. 10, 2009 at 7:19 PM   |   Comments

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Scotsman Andy Murray, the No. 2 seed, coasted to a straight-set first-round win Tuesday in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in the Netherlands.

Murray beat Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2 to advance to a second-round match against Italian Andreas Seppi.

The fifth seed, Gael Monfils, moved on when his opponent, Swiss qualifier Stephane Bohle, withdrew.

Sixth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer rallied to top Austrian Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 7-6 (7-4).

Other winners included Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu and Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

The event's top-seeded player is world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, winner of the recent Australian Open. Nadal will open play in Rotterdam against Italian Simone Bolelli Wednesday.

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