Seventh seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau defeated Argentinian Carlos Berlocq in straight sets this Tuesday at the Malaysian Open 2012. The opening set was very tight as both players struggled to keep their serves with a low rate of 2nd serve points won. Thus they gave away two serves each and the set went down into a tiebreaker. Benneteau stayed stronger and blitzed 7-6(7-2).
The moment of the match passed eventually to Benneteau as he took complete control of the court, especially on his serve. In the second set, he managed to break Berlocq twice to wrap it up 6-3, sailing to victory in 1 hour and a half. This was the second encounter between these two players. They first met in the first round of Roland Garros 2007, with the Argentinian Berlocq winning in four sets.
Meanwhile, newcomer Russian Philip Davydenko paid the toll of his debut in an ATP tournament, being defeated by Australian Matthew Ebden. 20-years old wildcard Davydenko – Nikolay’s nephew – conceded a bagel in the opening set but he managed to pull off a comeback in the second set where both players gave away two serves each, taking it to a ‘breaker’. Ebden used his experience to outlast Davydenko’s threat in the tiebreaker, clinching it 7-3 and reaching the second round in 1 hour and 17 minutes.