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Roddick wins opener in Qatar

Roddick wins opener in Qatar
Andy Roddick, shown at the U.S. Open Sept. 4, 2008. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff) | License Photo

DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- American Andy Roddick was a first-round winner Monday in the Qatar Open, cruising to a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Spain's Ivan Navarro.

Roddick is the No. 4 seed in the event, which is considered a tuneup for the Australian open, coming up in two weeks.

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Fifth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils also had a decisive first-round win, beating Czech Jan Hernych, 6-2, 6-2..

Other opening-round winners included Romanian Victor Hanescu, Italy's Andreas Seppi, Nicolas Devilder of France, German Philipp Petzscner and Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.

The tournament's top-seed is Rafael Nadal. Roger Federer is seeded No. 2.

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