Verdasco, Mayer advance at Stockholm Open

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Fernando Verdasco beat Marinko Matosevic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. (AP Photo)

STOCKHOLM (AP)—Fernando Verdasco is through to the second round of the Stockholm Open after beating Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 on Tuesday.

The Spaniard hit eight aces and saved as many break points to advance.

Fifth-seeded Leonardo Mayer also reached the second round after a 6-4, 6-4 win over Donald Young, while Frenchman Adrian Mannarino rallied after dropping the first set to beat Marcos Baghdatis 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Marius Copil eliminated eighth-seeded Portuguese player Joao Sousa in three sets, and Jeremy Chardy beat Sweden's Elias Ymer 6-3, 6-4 in the day's final match.

Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria have byes into the second round.

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