Seppi eases past Fognini in opener

Updated: April 25, 2010, 2:18 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Fourth-seeded Andy Murray will face a tough crowd in his opening match at the Rome Masters against top Italian, Andreas Seppi.

The 49th-ranked Seppi beat another Italian -- Fabio Fognini -- 6-0, 6-3 in one of three first-round matches Sunday.

Also, Jeremy Chardy of France defeated Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-4, 6-4 and will next face No. 3 Novak Djokovic.

Victor Hanescu of Romania edged Michael Berrer of Germany 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the opening match inside the new 10,500-seat stadium at the Foro Italico.

The top eight seeded players in the clay-court tournament have first-round byes.


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