Ramos, Benneteau advance to second round of Malaysian Open

Associated Press

9/25/2012 9:05:38 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Albert Ramos of Spain hit 14 aces past Austrian qualifier Julian Knowle in winning their Malaysian Open first-round match 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday.

Knowle, a doubles specialist, played his first main draw singles since 2005.

Ramos moved on to a match with third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan at Putra Stadium.

Matthew Ebden of Australia beat Russian wild card Philip Davydenko, the nephew of Nikolay Davydenko, 6-0, 7-6 (6-3), and lined up a second-round encounter with seventh-seeded Julien Benneteau of France.

Benneteau beat Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 7-6 (2), 6-3.