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Delbonis beats Simon in opening round of Grand Prix Hassan

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The Canadian Press
4/8/2014 4:40:43 PM
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CASABLANCA, Morocco -- Sixth-seeded Federico Delbonis of Argentina beat Gilles Simon of France 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Grand Prix Hassan II on Tuesday.

Simon entered the main draw as a qualifier and struggled on his serve, getting only 45 per cent of his first serves in. Delbonis next plays another qualifier, Filip Peliwo, after the Canadian won 7-6 (6), 6-3 against Italy's Filippo Volandri.

In other first-round matches, Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena downed fellow qualifier David Goffin of Belgium 6-2, 7-5; Albert Ramos of Spain won 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 against Moroccan Lamine Ouahab, and big-serving Victor Hanescu of Romania advanced by beating wild card Hicham Khaddari of Morocco 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Hanescu faces top-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the second round.

Tennis Balls (Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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