Mason, OH (Sports Network) - Twelfth-seeded Croat Marin Cilic and former
top-five star Nikolay Davydenko were a pair of first-round winners Monday
at the $2.825 million Western & Southern Open.
Cilic held off Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, while the
Russian Davydenko dismantled 13th-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1,
6-1 in a brisk 52 minutes on the hardcourts at the Lindner Family Tennis
An all-American affair saw Jesse Levine knock out Donald Young 6-4, 7-6 (7-2)
on Day 2.
Also moving into the second round was Taiwanese qualifier Yen-Hsun Lu and
Italian Andreas Seppi, who is rewarded with a match against last week's
Toronto Masters titlist Novak Djokovic.
The three-time Western & Southern Open runner-up Djokovic lost to Olympic gold
medalist and two-time Cincinnati champion Andy Murray in last year's marquee
This week's top seed is Wimbledon champion and Olympic silver medalist Roger
Federer, who's a four-time Cincinnati winner.
This seventh of nine ATP Masters tournaments will pay its 2012 champ $535,600.
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