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Nalbandian scores win in ATP Tour return

Aug. 3, 2010 at 12:47 AM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Argentine David Nalbandian scored a win Monday in his first ATP event since April, downing Rajeev Ram in a first-round Legg Mason Tennis Classic match.

Nalbandian, the former world No. 3, dispatched Ram 6-4, 6-0, converting on the only break point of the opening set and losing just eight points total in the second set.

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Nalbandian saw his first ATP Tour action following May hip surgery. He made his return last month in the Davis Cup semi-finals, winning two singles matches against Russian opponents.

American Ryan Sweeting thwarted James Blake's attempt to regain a Top 100 ranking by notching a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in another first-round Legg Mason match.

Serbian Viktor Troicki earned a second-round matchup with American Mardy Fish after easily downing Kevin Kim 6-1, 6-2 in 57 minutes.

Uzbekistani Denis Istomin needed 2 hours, 27 minutes, to prevail over Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 to move on to the second round.

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