Davydenko, Benneteau move on in California desert

9:09 AM, Mar 8, 2014   |    comments
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Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Quality Frenchman Julien Benneteau and Russian Nikolay Davydenko posted first-round victories Friday at the $4.72 million BNP Paribas Open, the first Masters 1000 event of the year.

The former top-30 performer overcame Spanish qualifier Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 at the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Benneteau's second- round opponent will be ninth-seeded compatriot Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The last match of the night saw Davydenko taken to the brink of elimination by Belgian David Goffin, but he hung on for a 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) victory.

Aussie Marinko Matosevic topped American and former NCAA singles champion Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-4, while Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut took a 6-3, 6-3 win over American Steve Johnson.

Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem took a 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) victory over American Daniel Kosakowski, and Italian qualifier Paolo Lorenzi survived for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 win against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta.

Also advancing on Day 2 were Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili, Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu, Argentina's Horacio Zeballos, Colombia's Alejandro Gonzalez, Robin Haase of the Netherlands, Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, Romanian Victor Hanescu, Spain's Feliciano Lopez and Portuguese Joao Sousa.

This week's top seeds are three-time champion Rafael Nadal, two-time winner Novak Djokovic and Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka. Four-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer, fresh off his title in Dubai, is the seventh seed. Wawrinka and Federer played doubles together and posted a three-set victory over Indian Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan's Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi on Friday.

The three-time Indian Wells titlist Nadal beat Juan Martin del Potro in last year's marquee finale.

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