Almagro, Paire advance in Hamburg

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Hamburg, Germany (Sports Network) - Seeded players Nicolas Almagro and Benoit Paire were a pair of second-round winners Tuesday at the $1.44 million German Open Tennis Championships.

The third-seeded Spaniard Almagro, a runner-up here two years ago, erased German Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-3, while the ninth seed Paire, of France, handled Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-4 on the red clay at Am Rothenbaum.

Two other seeds went by way of the second-round upset, as German favorite Florian Mayer mauled No. 7 Alexandr Dolgopolov, of Ukraine, 6-3, 6-4, while Russian Dmitry Tursunov took out No. 8 Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).

Several men posted opening-round victories on Day 2, including Dutchman Robin Haase, Frenchman Gael Monfils, and last week's first-time ATP titlist Carlos Berlocq, who overcame German wild card Matthias Bachinger 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-2. The Argentine Berlocq was last week's big winner in Bastad, Sweden.

The second round will conclude with 12 matches on Wednesday, including ones for top-seeded four-time Hamburg champion Roger Federer and last year's runner-up Tommy Haas. The former world No. 1 Federer will face German Daniel Brands, while the second seed and heavy German favorite Haas will meet Slovenian qualifier Blaz Kavcic.

Haas lost to Argentine Juan Monaco in last year's Hamburg finale. A fifth- seeded Monaco will face Monfils here on Day 3.

The 2013 Hamburg titlist will earn $328,000.

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