Davydenko advances at Hamburg

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HAMBURG, Germany -- Top seed and defending champion Nikolay Davydenko advanced with an easy second-round victory on Tuesday at the German Open Tennis Championships, on a day which saw nearly every other seeded player fall.

The Russian, who is still working his way back from a wrist injury, dispatched Frenchman Florent Serra by a 6-3, 6-1 count in just 58 minutes. Sixth-seeded Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero overcame a slow start to get by Czech Jan Hajek 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

Also Tuesday, Finland's Jarkko Nieminen gutted out a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, win over ninth-seeded Gilles Simon of France in a match that lasted just over two hours.

In other second-round matches, Spain's Tommy Robredo, the 11th seed, fell victim to Italy's Potito Starace 7-6 (12-10), 5-7, 6-1; Florian Mayer of Germany knocked off 15th-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3; Italian Fabio Fognini downed France's Marc Gicquel 6-4, 6-4; Argentine Maximo Gonzalez topped Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (3-7), 6-2 and Andrey Golubev from Kazakhstan logged a 6-4, 7-5 win over Spain's Marcel Granollers.

First-round action saw Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina turn away Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 6-2, 6-3; Italian Andreas Seppi downed France's Stephane Robert 6-4, 6-3; Eduardo Schwank breezed by wild-card Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-4; German Julian Reister bested countryman and fellow wild card Daniel Brands 6-2, 7-6 (12-10).


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