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Xavier Malisse advances at SAP Open

Updated: February 12, 2013, 11:13 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Xavier Malisse used his serve to fend off a tough challenge.

Malisse smashed 18 aces in a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory against Go Soeda in a first round match of the SAP Open on Monday night.

"It was tough," Malisse said. "His ball stayed low and he hits a good backhand. I served my way out of it a couple of times and that really helped, especially in the first set. There were a couple of mistakes that I have to adjust, but besides that I'm pretty happy."

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