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Victor Hanescu reaches 2nd round in Nice

Victor Hanescu reaches 2nd round in Nice

Victor Hanescu of Romania eased into the second round of the Open de Nice with a 6-0, 6-1 win over French qualifier Benoit Paire on Monday.
Hanescu, a semifinalist in Casablanca last month, broke his opponent five times and saved the six break points he faced. The Romanian will next meet fourth-seeded Andy Roddick of the United States.
"I'm really happy that I won so easily, I don't know what happened because he is a good player" Hanescu said. "I came here to feel the court, to feel the balls. My goal is to play well here ahead of the French Open."
The clay-court Grand Slam tournament starts on Sunday at Roland Garros.
Pere Riba advanced by beating Guillaume Ruffin of France 6-2, 6-2. The Spaniard, who dropped only five points on first serve, next plays fifth-seeded Alexandr Dogolpolov of Ukraine.
Pablo Andujar of Spain was leading 5-0 when Grigor Dimitrov retired ill and will next take on either sixth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis or Julien Benneteau.
Andujar was joined in the second round by Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, who beat Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-2, 7-6 (5).


Updated : 2021-04-14 07:55 GMT+08:00