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Verdasco breezes to Brisbane victory

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  • Spanish Davis Cup star Fernando Verdasco reaches Brisbane second round
  • Defeats 16-year-old Australian wildcard Bernard Tomic 6-4 6-2 in 65 minutes
  • Austrian Jurgen Melzer ousted sixth seeded American Mardy Fish 6-4 4-6 7-6
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(CNN) -- Third-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco pulled rank on Australian rookie Bernard Tomic on Monday when he swept to a 6-4 6-2 first round victory at the Brisbane International.

Davis Cup star Verdasco moved closer to his first hard-court tour title with victory in Brisbane.

Davis Cup star Verdasco moved closer to his first hard-court tour title with victory in Brisbane.

Davis Cup star Verdasco, seeking his first hard-court tour title, saw off the 16-year-old wildcard in 65 minutes at the Australian Open warm-up event.

Gold Coast prospect Tomic launched his ATP career by winning the first two games at Pat Rafter arena, but Verdasco soon worked out what he was up against.

Australian Open boys champion Tomic took just four of the last 16 games but will have benefited from the experience.

Finland's Jarkko Nieminen ousted former Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 5-7 6-1 6-4.

"Marcos is a very good player. He had some bad luck with injuries last year," said Nieminen after his 124-minute win set up a meeting with either last year's Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Argentine Agustin Calleri.

Baghdatis blamed his defeat partly on a lack of match fitness that saw him call for treatment on a leg injury near the end of the second set.

Austrian Jurgen Melzer fired down 12 aces as he surprised sixth seeded American Mardy Fish 6-4 4-6 7-6 while eighth seeded Czech Radek Stepanek hit six in a 6-2 6-2 stroll against Russian Igor Kunitsyn.

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