Victory for Benoit Paire
Benoit Paire was the top seeded player in action at the Chennai Open on Tuesday with the Frenchman moving into the second round with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Flavio Copilla.
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The Frenchman is seeded fifth and with the top four seeds receiving byes into the second round, Paire was the highest ranked player on view.
The 23-year-old is ranked 47th in the world, 48 places ahead of his opponent, but it was a tight match with Paire benefiting from his superior serve which saw him fire down six aces.
Paire will now play Dudi Sela of Israel who beat American qualifier Rajeev Ram 6-4 6-1.
Seventh seed Yen-Hsun Lu's tournament is over after he was beaten 6-4 3-6 6-4 by German Matthias Bachinger.
Bachinger served up seven double faults as well as six aces but he created more break-point opportunities and took advantage to edge through in two hours and eight minutes to set up a meeting with Roberto Bautista Agut.
The Spaniard prevailed 7-6 (8/6) 6-2 over Blaz Kavcic in two hours 14 minutes.
Another lengthy match saw qualifier Prakash Amritraj make a nonsense of the rankings when he beat Guillaume Rufin 6-7 (7/4) 6-2 6-3.
The Indian player is ranked 551 but he was far more consistent than his world-ranked 92 opponent, Amritraj serving nine aces on his way to victory in two hours 23 minutes.
His fellow Indian Somdev Dewarman also progressed with a 6-3 6-3 win over Jan Hajek.
Qualifier Cedric-Marcel Stebe beat Igor Sisling 6-4 6-4 and Sergiy Stakhovsky enjoyed a 7-6 (8/6) 7-6 (7/5) victory over Ruben Bemelmans.