Russia's Nikolay Davydenko and Spain's David Ferrer moved into the third round on Tuesday in Hamburg with easy two-sets wins. On Wednesday, Spain's Rafael Nadal and Swiss world number one Roger Federer enter the tournament.
Neither fourth-seed Nikolay Davydenko nor fifth-seed David Ferrer wasted any time booking their places in the third round after comfortable wins at the Hamburg Masters Series here on Tuesday.
Spaniard Ferrer had few problems as he claimed a routine second round victory with a 6-3, 6-3 win in just 76 minutes against Ivo Minar from the Czech Republic.
While Davydenko, who by his own admission is never comfortable on clay, took slightly longer needing only 85 minutes to secure his 6-4, 6-1 win over Ivan Ljubicic from Croatia.
Davydenko is bidding to repeat March's Masters Series win in Miami when he beat world number two Rafael Nadal in the final on hard court.
The Russian ended his three-match losing streak against Ljubicic, but both players struggled on serve in the opening set after an early exchange of service breaks.
But the 26-year-old Davydenko asserted himself by breaking serve in the first, third and eighth games of the second set for his first victory over Ljubicic since 2004 in Monte-Carlo.
"It's always difficult to play your first match of a tournament, it doesn't matter how confident you feel," said Davydenko, fourth in the world.
"I didn't play well in Rome last week when I lost to Tommy Robredo (in the third round) and I want to do well here in preparation for Roland Garros."
Earlier, Spain's Carlos Moya reached the second round with a hard-fought win over France's Julien Benneteau over three sets.
Eleventh-seed Moya, who won his only Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 1998, said he was pleased to get a win under his belt after struggling recently.
Despite losing the first set he went on to claim a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9/7) win.
"The last couple of tournaments have been tough for me," said the Spaniard.
"Every match had felt like torture for me, so although the first set didn't go well, I came back into it and had a good win."
And compatriot Fernando Verdasco booked his place in the third round in Hamburg with a straight sets win over France's Michael Llodra 6-2, 6-0.
Germany's number one Philipp Kohlschreiber fell by the wayside when he lost to Spain's Tommy Robredo 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 despite breaking the 13th seed twice on his way to taking the first set.
But after losing the second set tie-breaker, Kohlschreiber had few answers as Robredo served out the third set.
Date created : 2008-05-13