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By Akshay Kohli
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James Blake achieved the milestone of winning the 350th match of his rather long career after he beat fellow American Ryan Harrison after coming back from 1 set down. Blake a former ATP Top-5 player is ranked outside the Top-100 at 110 in the World but showed glimpses of his past form when he beat Harrison, who is 12 years younger to him 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.
The 32 year old advances to play Matthew Ebden in the next round. The Australian snapped a three-match losing spree, crusing past Sergei Bubka in the last two sets 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in 92 minutes. Ebden broke Bubka on six occasions as he did not face any problems in the second and the third set.
Eighth seed Go Soeda rallied past Xavier Malisse 4-6, 7-5, 6-4. Ranked a career-high No.54, Soeda clinched the hard-fought contest in just over two and a half hours. The match was suspended for over two hours at 2-2 in the first set due to rain. With this win, Soeda plays Russia’s Igor Kunitsyn in the next round.
Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans cruised past Rajeev Ram 6-1, 6-3 in just over an hour to book a second-round meeting with No. 1 seed and two-time defending finalist John Isner. Another qualifier, Ricardas Berankis dismissed Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 6-2 to set a second-round clash with third seed Kei Nishikori of Japan.
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