Ivan Ljubicic advances at Marseille

Updated: February 20, 2012, 4:45 PM ET
Associated Press

MARSEILLE, France -- Ivan Ljubicic hit 27 aces but still needed three sets to beat Florent Serra of France 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 Monday and reach the second round of the Open 13.

The seventh-seeded Croat broke for a 4-2 lead in the final set.

Ljubicic also broke Serra's serve at 4-4 in the first set, but the Frenchman dominated the second-set tiebreaker, winning five straight points to take a 5-1 lead before leveling the match at one set apiece.

A runner-up at this tournament ...

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