Davydenko sets up Isner clash

Thu, 22 Mar 05:22:00 2012

Nikolay Davydenko set up a second round clash with in-form John Isner after he beat American James Blake 4-6 6-4 6-4 in the opening round of the Miami Masters.

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Former champion Davydenko broke serve a total of five times as he needed just less than two hours to beat Blake.

Next up for the Russian will be a tough clash against Isner, who was runner-up to Roger Federer at last week’s Indian Wells Masters.

Tommy Haas also progressed to the second round, beating French qualifier Guillaume Rufin 6-4 6-4 for just his fourth win of the season.

Veteran Haas eased past Rufin in one hour and 35 minutes to set up a second round clash with 25th seed Radek Stepanek.

The 33-year-old Haas was joined in the second round by another veteran Arnaud Clement, one year the German’s senior.

Clement required just 96 minutes to beat Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-3 6-3.

There were also straight sets wins for Frederico Gil, who beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-3 6-4, and Grigor Dimitrov, who dismissed Mikhail Kukushkin 6-2 6-2.

Reuters

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