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Court Report: Clay season gets underway in Marrakech, Houston

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Each day on TENNIS.com, we’ll feature Tennis Channel’s Court Report, a rundown of the day that was in the sport—along with our thoughts on what’s happening on the courts around the world.

The clay-court season on the ATP calendar began in earnest on Monday when the US Men’s Clay Court Championship and Grand Prix Hassan II got underway.

The latter tournament, played on red clay in Marrakech, Morocco got off to a strong start on opening day.

Tommy Robredo, the 2013 champion in Marrakech, looked strong in a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Jan-Lennard Struff had a more difficult time in his first-round encounter, but he came back to defeat qualifier Taro Daniel, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, after dropping the opening set.

In other action, 21-year-old qualifier Laslo Djere picked up an impressive 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over 60th-ranked Martin Klizan. The Serb will play second-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round.

Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed at the 250-level event, followed by No. 2 Ramos-Vinolas, No. 3 Philipp Kohlschreiber, No. 4 Mischa Zverev and No. 5 Paolo Lorenzi. 

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