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Defending champ beats sixth-seeded Melzer

Updated: January 2, 2008, 2:52 PM ET
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CHENNAI, India -- Defending champion Xavier Malisse, Mikhail Youzhny, Carlos Moya and Florent Serra won second-round matches Wednesday to reach the Chennai Open quarterfinals.

Malisse, a Belgian who missed most of last season because of injuries, beat sixth-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria 7-6 (3), 6-2. He next will play Youzhny, a Russian who defeated Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 1-6, 6-2.

Third-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain, the Chennai Open winner in 2004 ...

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