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Fernando Verdasco advances

Updated: April 17, 2012, 12:17 AM ET
Associated Press

MONACO -- Fernando Verdasco of Spain, Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine advanced to the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday.

The 13th-seeded Verdasco rallied past Olivier Rochus of Belgium 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 and will next play Ivan Dodig of Croatia. The Spaniard dropped serve twice in the first set but didn't face another break point.

"I've got to the final here before, so it's one of my favorite tournaments," said Verdasco, who was crushed ...

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