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Juan Monaco into 2nd round

Updated: May 20, 2014, 1:12 PM ET
Associated Press

DUESSELDORF, Germany -- Defending champion Juan Monaco eased past Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-1 to reach the second round of the ATP Duesseldorf Open on Tuesday.

But last year's runner-up Jarkko Nieminen crashed out despite winning the first set against Denis Istomin. Istomin fired 10 aces and won 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 to even his career record against Nieminen at 3-3.

A former top 10 player, Monaco has struggled with a right-wrist injury and has fallen to No. 54.

But he easily disposed ...

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