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Pospisil among first-day winners at ATP's Chennai Open

Dec. 30, 2013 at 11:54 AM

CHENNAI, India, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Vasek Pospisil capped first-day action at the Aircel Chennai Open tennis tournament with a straight-set win Monday in India.

Pospisil, the only seeded player on Monday's schedule, took out 18-year-old Kyle Edmund 6-3, 7-5. Pospisil fought off all four of the break points he faced and won nearly three-quarters of the points on serve.

Edmund also had a solid serving game -- landing 77 percent of his first serves and taking almost two-thirds of the points on serve -- but suffered one break in each set in the loss.

The other three first-round matches Monday were also decided in straight sets. Jiri Vesely topped Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan 7-5, 6-2 with five breaks in 10 games receiving.

Lu Yen-Hsun and Dudi Sela gained second-round spots with wins with identical 6-4, 6-2 scores. Lu defeated Tim Smyczek with six breaks in Smyczek's 10 games serving while Sela eliminated Lukas Lacko by saving five of the six break points he faced.

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