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Kiefer tops Gabashvili in Countrywide Classic opener

Updated: July 16, 2007, 8:03 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Nicolas Kiefer, playing on a hard court for the first time in 16 months, moved into the second round of the ATP Countrywide Classic with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Teimuraz Gabashvili at the UCLA Tennis Center on Monday.

The 30-year-old Kiefer, now ranked 409th after getting as high as No. 4, injured his left wrist at last year's French Open. It took two operations to repair the injury and it kept him off the tour from June 2, 2006, until this June 11.

He ...

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