HAMBURG: Fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Hamburg Masters.

He was on court against the Italian only for 63 minutes in cold, damp weather.

Davydenko had a slow start to the European claycourt tour, losing in the first rounds of Valencia, Monte Carlo and Barcelona, but reached the final in Estoril where he lost to David Nalbandian, and the third round in Rome before retiring against Nicolas Almagro.

Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero too advanced, beating Rainier Schuettler 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

Eighth-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain beat France's Florent Serra 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, while Finland's 13th-seeded Jarkko Nieminen defeated Christophe Rochus of Belgium 6-1, 6-0.

Radek Stepanek, seeded 15th, beat German wild card Bjorn Phau 6-4, 6-3. The win improved the Czech's clay court record this season to 8-3. Paul-Henri Mathieu of France downed Belgium's Kristof Vliegen 6-2, 6-4.

The results (all second round): At Hamburg (The ATP Hamburg Masters): Jarkko Nieminen bt Christophe Rochus 6-1, 6-0; Radek Stepanek bt Bjorn Phau 6-4, 6-3; Nikolay Davydenko bt Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2; Tommy Robredo bt Florent Serra 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Paul-Henri Mathieu bt Kristof Vliegen 6-2, 6-4; David Ferrer bt Flavio Saretta 6-1, 7-6(9); Max Mirnyi bt Nicolas Kiefer 6-2, 6-2; Gilles Simon bt Gaston Gaudio 6-4, 3-6, 6-4; Robin Soderling bt Juan Monaco 6-4, 6-4. Juan Carlos Ferrero bt Rainier Schuettler 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.

At Rome (WTA Italian Open): Anna-Lena Groenefeld bt Aiko Nakamura 6-4, 6-3; Elena Dementieva w/o Peng Shuai; Dinara Safina bt Maria Elena Camerin 6-4, 6-4. Francesca Schiavone bt Mara Santangelo 6-4, 6-0; Venus Williams bt Lucie Safarova 6-1, 6-4.

At Rabat (WTA Rabat Open): Melinda Czink bt Ashley Harkleroad 6-1, 6-4; Zheng Jie bt Youlia Fedossova 6-0, 6-1. Agencies

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