Mayer, Cuevas advance in Sydney

Sydney, Australia ( – Seeded men Leonardo Mayer and Pablo
Cuevas were among Monday’s opening-round winners at the Sydney International
tennis event, a final Australian Open tune-up.

The fifth-seeded Argentine Mayer grounded German Benjamin Becker 7-6 (7-3),
6-2, while the sixth-seeded Cuevas, of Uruguay, handled Spaniard Nicolas
Almagro 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 on the hardcourts at NSW Tennis Centre.

Another result saw Italian Simone Bolelli subdue Aussie wild card Marinko
Matosevic 6-3, 6-2.

This week’s top seeds are Italian Fabio Fognini and Belgian David Goffin, who
will meet Bolelli in the second round.

Juan Martin del Potro, unseeded this week, beat Aussie and 2013 titlist
Bernard Tomic in last year’s final.

This week’s winner will claim $80,000.