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Safin, Fish advance in LA event

Marat Safin of Russia, shown during the French Open May 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)
Marat Safin of Russia, shown during the French Open May 28, 2008. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Marat Safin and Mardy Fish, the fifth and sixth seeds, won second-round matches Wednesday in the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles.

Safin, of Russia, defeated U.S. player Wayne Odesnik 6-3, 6-2. Fish had a three-setter, ousting fellow American Vincent Spadea 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-0.

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French player Florent Serra knocked out the No. 2 seed, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4).

In another upset, Denis Gremelmayer of Germany took out fourth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-5, 7-5.

Top-seeded Andy Roddick of the United States opens play Thursday, taking on Serbian Dusan Vemic.

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