• Davydenko, Fish advance to round two of French Open

    5/23/11 5:29 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Davydenko, Fish advance to round two of French Open Nikolay Davydenko takes out Denis Gremelmayr in straight sets on Monday at Roland Garros. Davydenko is joined in the second round by Mardy Fish, a four-set winner over Ricardo Mello.

    (28) Nikolay Davydenko d. Denis Gremelmayr 7-6(2), 6-1, 6-3

    Davydenko dropped serve only once and advanced to the French Open second round with a straight-set win over Gremelmayr on Monday afternoon. Gremelmayr managed to be competitive for a while, as he constantly served from behind throughout the first set but held all the way to a tiebreaker. When the 131st-ranked German lost it seven points to two, however, he could not recover.

    With momentum in hand, Davydenko raced through the second with three breaks--the last of which came at 5-1. The world No. 30 suddenly donated serve for the first time and found him trailing 1-3 and facing break point, but that's when he staged a final rally. Davydenko held and eventually ended the match on a five-game winning streak. Roland Garros' No. 28 seed needed two hours and nine minutes to set up a meeting with either Pablo Cuevas or Antonio Veic.

    (10) Mardy Fish d. Ricardo Mello 6-2, 6-7(11), 6-2, 6-4

    Fish put the American men on the scoreboard by dismissing Mello after two hours and 45 minutes of play on Monday in Paris. The world No. 10 came out firing and surrendered a mere four points in his first four service games, so two breaks were more than enough for him to take the first set. Mello, though, battled back in the second and forced what proved to be a dramatic tiebreaker. The 30-year-old Brazilian outlasted his opponent 13 points to 11 to even the match.

    For Fish it was nothing more than a wakeup call and he once again wrested control of things even on his opponent's favorite surface. The fortnight's No. 10 seed broke three times in the third and even though he was broken for a second time on the day, he served out the set at 5-2. An immediate break in the fourth ended up being enough for Fish, who squandered multiple match points at 5-3 before closing it out on serve at 5-4 and clinching victory with a perfect drop-volley. Fish awaits either Daniel Gimeno-Traver or Robin Haase in second-round action.

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