Rotterdam, The Netherlands (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed and reigning
champion Juan Martin del Potro, former titlist Andy Murray and third seed
Tomas Berdych were among Thursday's second-round winners, while a trio of
seeds went by way of upsets at the $1.85 million ABN AMRO World Tennis
The former U.S. Open champion del Potro defeated Frenchman Paul-Henri
Mathieu 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), while the second-seeded 2009 champion Murray struggled
to get past Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Del Potro beat another Frenchman, Julien Benneteau, in last year's finale and
was the runner-up here in 2012.
The former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych blew past France's Nicolas Mahut 6-4,
6-3 on the indoor hardcourts at Ahoy Rotterdam.
On the upset front, German Philipp Kohlschreiber took out fourth-seeded
Richard Gasquet 7-5, 7-5, 6-foot-8 Pole Jerzy Janowicz upended sixth-seeded
German Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4, and Latvian Ernests Gulbis dismissed eighth-seeded
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Gasquet was last week's runner-up
in Montpellier in his native France, while the 35-year-old Haas was fresh
off his runner-up finish in Zagreb.
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