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Klizan, Kuznetsov take early Croatia wins

July 9, 2012 at 5:01 PM

UMAG, Croatia, July 9 (UPI) -- Slovakia's Martin Klizan and Russian wild card Andrey Kuznetsov posted early wins Monday to open the Croatia Open tennis event.

Klizan breezed to a 6-2, 6-2 first-round victory over Slovenian wild card Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-2 on the clay courts of Umag's ATP Stadium.

Kuznetsov, meanwhile, bested Spain's Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5).

Also on Day 1, Matthias Bachinger of Germany squeezed past Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 7-6 (8-6).

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco and 2011 runner-up Marin Cilic of Croatia are the top seeds at this year's event.

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