Rotterdam, The Netherlands (SportsNetwork.com) – Top-seeded Andy Murray and
No. 4 seed Stan Wawrinka were a pair of opening-round winners Wednesday at the
$1.825 million ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
Murray handled French qualifier Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 6-2, while Wawrinka held
off game Dutch wild card Jesse Huta Galung 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 at Ahoy Rotterdam.
Last month’s Australian Open runner-up Murray was a titlist here in Rotterdam
in 2009. He’ll next face 24-year-old Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
In second-round action on Day 3, Frenchman Gael Monfils upended seventh-seeded
Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) and Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky
stifled Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-3.
In some other first-round action, Italian Andreas Seppi overcame Dutch wild
card Robin Haase 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3 and Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
dismissed Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin 7-6 (7-5), 6-4. Istomin will face
Wawrinka on Thursday.
The 2015 Rotterdam champ will earn $405,000.