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Davydenko, Djokovic on to next round at ABN Amro

2/19/2007 - Tennis

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands -- Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko
cruised into the second round of the ABN Amro with a 6-3, 6-4 win
over Germany's Michael Berrer on Monday.

After winning the first set in 32 minutes, the third-ranked
Davydenko broke Berrer in the opening game of the second set.

The German left-hander earned a break point in the eighth game
of the second set, but Davydenko got back to deuce with an ace,
closed out the game and then held serve to complete the set.

In the only other match involving a seeded player Monday, Novak
Djokovic of Serbia beat French qualifier Florent Serra 7-6 (6),
6-4.

The fifth-seeded Djokovic saved a set point in the tiebreaker,
and then broke Serra in the ninth game of the second set.

The 19-year-old Djokovic is the youngest player in the top 20 of
the ATP rankings, but he found it tough against the Frenchman.

"It was a struggle," Djokovic said.

Djokovic will meet another qualifier, Andrei Pavel of Romania,
in the next round. Pavel beat Daniele Bracialli of Italy 6-1, 6-1.

In other first-round matches, Belgium's Olivier Rochus rallied
to beat Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. Dutch wild card
Robin Haase recorded his first ATP tournament win by beating
Croatia's Roko Karanusic 6-4, 7-6 (2).