Sydney, Australia (Sports Network) - Radek Stepanek was an easy first-round
winner, while Jeremy Chardy was an upset victim Tuesday at the Sydney
International tennis event, a final Australian Open tune-up.
The sixth-seeded Czech Stepanek overcame three double faults by converting on
all four of his break chances against Spanish qualifier Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
to earn a 6-2, 6-3 decision at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
Feliciano Lopez of Spain, meanwhile, hammered 22 aces against France's Chardy,
the tournament's seventh seed, during a 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 6-3 victory
in just over two hours.
Reigning Sydney champion and 2009 runner-up Jarkko Nieminen of Finland
advanced by defeating German qualifier Bjorn Phau 6-0, 6-1.
Other first-round matches saw wild card John Millman of Australia ease
past Spain's Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4, Italian Fabio Fognini top Bulgaria's
Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 6-1, and Bernard Tomic of Australia defeat compatriot
Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 6-4. Dimitrov reached his first-ever ATP final in
Brisbane last week.
South Africa's Kevin Anderson advanced to the second round by outlasting
Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, and American Ryan Harrison moved on
when Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut retired in the first set while trailing 2-1
with lower abdominal pain. Bautista Agut reached his first career ATP final in
Chennai last week.
In some second-round action on Wednesday, top-seeded American John Isner will
meet his qualifier compatriot Harrison and second-seeded Frenchman Gilles
Simon will battle the veteran Nieminen. Simon titled here two years ago.
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