Aussies into main draw

Thu, 08 Mar 04:47:00 2012

Matthew Ebden won through to the main draw of the Indian Wells Masters after a 6-4 6-3 qualifying win over American Rajeev Ram.

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The Australian's reward for his straight-set victory is a first-round encounter against Igor Kunitsyn of Russia.

Ebden's compatriot Marinko Matosevic also booked his place in the tournament proper after a comfortable 6-2 6-2 win over Michael Yani, also of the US.

Matosevic, who is currently enjoying a career-high ranking of 129 after reaching his first ATP Tour final in Delray Beach, will meet Ruben Bemelmans in the first round.

Belgian Bemelmans upset top qualifying seed Federico Gil 6-4 3-6 6-4 to seal his progress.

In other results, Andrey Golubev downed Bjorn Phau 6-4 6-4 to set up a meeting with another qualifier Rik De Voest, who beat Izak van der Merwe 7-5 6-3 in an all-South African battle.

The dubious prize for the winner of their first-round clash will be a meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic.

Tobias Kamke, seeded second in qualifying, was sent packing by Amir Delic, who won 6-3 2-6 6-4, while Paolo Lorenzi beat Daniel Kosakowski 6-2 7-6(4) to ensure his name went into the hat.

Other winners on the day included Vasek Pospisil, Bobby Reynolds and Sergei Bubka.

The men's tournament gets underway on Thursday, with the drawsheet boasting the likes of Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

Reuters

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