Stepanek defeats Youzhny in Munich

by: AP April 30, 2013

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MUNICH -- Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic beat seventh-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 Tuesday to advance to the second round of the BMW Open.

Youzhny was the second former winner of the clay-court event to be eliminated after two-time champion Nikolay Davydenko lost on Monday. Youzhny was the 2010 winner.

Wild-card entry Gael Monfils of France topped eighth-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-3, 6-3.

Fifth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov defeated Ukrainian countryman Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-2. Sixth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany, the 2011 runner-up, struggled to overcome qualifier Lukasz Kubot of Poland 7-6 (2), 4-6, 7-5.

Evgeny Korolev of Kazakhstan upset Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 7-5, 7-6 (3), and Ernests Gulbis of Latvia beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-4, 6-2.

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