Soderling, Fish win openers

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BRISBANE, Australia -- Two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling and rising American Mardy Fish were among Tuesday's first-round winners at the 2011 season-opening Brisbane International tennis event, an Australian Open tuneup.

The top-seeded world No. 5 Soderling handled promising American qualifier Ryan Harrison 6-2, 6-4, while a fourth-seeded world No. 16 Fish doused French qualifier Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 6-4 on the hardcourts at Queensland Tennis Centre. Soderling swatted eight aces and was not broken in his victory over Harrison, while Fish smacked 11 aces and held his serve throughout in his win against Mannarino.

Soderling's second-round opponent will be German Michael Berrer, while Fish will encounter last year's Brisbane runner-up and 2009 champion Radek Stepanek.

In other Day-3 action involving seeds, No. 5 Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, the 2006 Aussie Open runner-up to Roger Federer. came from behind to beat France's Florent Serra, the 2006 Brisbane titlist, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, while No. 3 Fernando Verdasco of Spain opened his 2001 campaign with a 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3 loss at the hands of German Benjamin Becker. Verdasco, the 2009 Brisbane runner-up to Stepanek, tallied 10 aces against Becker, but the German broke the Spanish lefthander on four occasions, compared to only one break for the upset loser.

The aforementioned Stepanek moved on Tuesday with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 come-from- behind victory over German Tobias Kamke. The Czech Stepanek, seeking a third straight trip into the final here, lost to American slugger Andy Roddick in last year's Brisbane finale.

Additional Day-3 wins came for Aussie qualifier Matthew Ebden, Lithuanian qualifier Richard Berankis and South African Kevin Anderson. Berankis bested 2001 Aussie Open finalist Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-3.

A second-seeded and defending Brisbane champion Roddick will face Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the round of 16 on Wednesday.

The winner of this $474,050 tournament will collect $73,000.


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