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ATP Rome - Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori advance to the second round in Rome

ATP Rome - Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori advance to the second round in Rome

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Tennis - 11th seed Marin Cilic, the highest men's seed in action on Monday, advanced to the second round of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. Cilic defeated qualifier Andrey Golubev 6-4, 6-2 and will meet in-form Kevin Anderson in the second round.

16th seed Japanese star Kei Nishikori aslo advanced to the second round but 14th seed MIlos Roanic was beaten in the first round. Meanwhile, Italian Potito Starace defeated Radek Stepanek 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to set up a second round showdown with world no.

3 Roger Federer. In other matches, qualifier Ernests Gulbis beat Finnish player Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-6(6) for his 17th win of the year - thats as many wins he had in all of 2012. World No. 36 Benoit Paire beat former top 10 player Juan Monaco 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-4.

Singles
(16) K Nishikori defeats P Lorenzi 62 64
F Fognini defeats A Seppi 64 61
P Starace defeats R Stepanek 46 64 63
P Kohlschreiber defeats (14) M Raonic 76(2) 64
B Paire defeats J Monaco 76(4) 16 64
(11) M Cilic defeats A Golubev 64 62
J Janowicz defeats S Giraldo 75 62
E Gulbis defeats J Nieminen 62 76(6)
A Montanes defeats M Klizan 36 75 63
A Kuznetsov defeats X Malisse 62 31
A Ramos defeats J Hajek 75 60 .

RANK #22
Kei
NISHIKORI
RANK #6
Marin
CILIC