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Denis Istomin advances at SAP Open

Updated: February 12, 2013, 11:07 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sixth-seeded Denis Istomin advanced to the second round of the SAP Open, beating qualifier Ryan Sweeting 6-3, 6-4 in just over an hour Tuesday night.

Istomin, from Uzbekistan, broke Sweeting's serve early in each set and won 86 percent of his first serves to maintain the advantage.

The 47th-ranked Istomin lost to Milos Raonic last year in the final of the event and is coming off consecutive quarterfinal finishes in Brisbane and Sydney. He's 10-3 lifetime in San ...

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