DOHA: Robin Soderling of Sweden and Fabrice Santoro of France moved into the third round with straight set wins at the Dubai Open on Wednesday. Soderling beat Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 7-5, while Fabrice Santoro defeated Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2.

In a late evening match on Tuesday, defending champion Rafael Nadal moved into the second round after rallying to beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Schnyder advances

At Doha, Patty Schnyder and Kateryna Bondarenko moved into the second round of the Qatar Open with hard-fought three-set victories.

At Las Vegas, Russian teenager Evgeny Korolev upset top seed and defending champion James Blake 6-2, 6-4 in the Tennis Channel Open round robin.

Important results:

At Dubai (Dubai Tennis Championship): Second round: Fabrice Santoro bt Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2; Robin Soderling bt Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 7-5.

First round: Nikolay Davydenko bt Younes El Aynaoui 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-5; Mikhail Youzhny bt Jarkko Nieminen 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Daniele Bracciali bt Oliver Marach 6-4, 6-3; Novak Djokovic bt Kristof Vliegen 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; Rafael Nadal bt Marcos Baghdatis 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

At Doha (WTA Qatar Open): First round: Patty Schnyder bt Aravane Rezai 6-2, 2-6, 6-2; Kateryna Bondarenko bt Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-5, 4-6, 6-3; Anabel Medina Garrigues bt Meghann Shaughnessy 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Maria Kirilenko bt Anne Kremer 6-1, 6-2, Eleni Daniilidou bt Selima Sfar 6-0, 6-3; Maria Elena Camerin bt Alona Bondarenko 6-3, 6-4; Alicia Molik bt Ai Sugiyama 0-6, 6-2, 3-1 retired; Julie Goerges bt Agnes Szavay 6-2, 6-3.

At Las Vegas (Tennis Channel Open): Round robin: Evgeny Korolev bt James Blake 6-2, 6-4; Paul Capdeville bt Michael Llodra 6-2, 2-6, 6-1; Paul-Henri Mathieu bt Danai Udomchoke 6-2, 6-3; Tim Henman bt Nicolas Mahut 6-1, 6-2; Marat Safin bt Stefan Koubek 7-5, 6-2; Jan Hernych bt Benjamin Becker 6-3, 7-5; Lleyton Hewitt bt Vincent Spadea 6-3, 6-3.

At Acapulco: (Acapulco International): Men: First round: Gaston Gaudio bt Luis Horna 1-1 retired; ; Agustin Calleri bt Alberto Martin 6-3, 6-2; Nicolas Massu bt Juan Monaco 7-6(4), 7-5; Carlos Moya bt Bruno Echagaray 6-3, 6-4.

Women: First round: Marion Bartoli bt Camille Pin 7-6(7), 6-2; Severine Bremond bt Ekaterina Dzehalevich 7-6(5), 6-4; Gisela Dulko bt Jenifer Widjaja 6-2, 6-2; Alize Cornet bt Iveta Benesova 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-3; Tathiana Garbin bt Rossana De Los Rios 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Martina Muller bt Jill Craybas 6-4, 6-3; Flavia Pennetta bt Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-3, 6-3; Sara Errani bt Sybille Bammer 6-2, 7-6(6); Melissa Torres Sandoval bt Nicole Pratt 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; Eva Birnerova bt Greta Arn 2-6, 6-4, 6-2; Roberta Vinci bt Ashley Harkleroad 6-3, 6-3; Zsofia Gubacsi bt Klara Zakopalova 5-7, 7-5, 6-1. Agencies

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