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Sam Querrey battles to opening win at Ricoh Open

Querrey battles to opening win at Ricoh Open
By PA Sport

06/06/2016 at 23:12Updated 06/06/2016 at 23:52

American fifth seed Sam Querrey secured a place in round two of the Ricoh Open at s'Hertogenbosch when he battled past Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/5).

American fifth seed Sam Querrey secured a place in round two of the Ricoh Open at s'Hertogenbosch when he battled past Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/5).

There was also progress for eighth-seeded Frenchman Nicolas Mahut on the opening day of the grass-court season as he beat Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-1 6-4.

The wild card will next meet compatriot Paul-Henri Mathieu after his 6-4 6-4 victory over American Rajeev Ram.

British number two Aljaz Bedene set up a clash with second seed Bernard Tomic following a 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 first-round win over qualifier Ernesto Escobedo of the United States.

Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan is out, though, after he went down 6-1 2-6 6-3 against American Stefan Kozlov.

At the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, both Samuel Groth and Michael Berrer progressed to the second round.

Australian Groth beat Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 7-5 6-4, while German Berrer came through in three sets against Tunisia's Malek Jaziri, winning 6-7 (7/9) 6-2 6-4.

In qualifying, Czech Radek Stepanek defeated Great Britain's James Ward 6-2 6-1.

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