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Cilic and Davydenko go through in Dubai

Nikolay Davydenko fought back from dropping the opening set before reaching the second round in Dubai.
Nikolay Davydenko fought back from dropping the opening set before reaching the second round in Dubai.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Croatian Marin Cilic maintains his impressive run of form this season
  • The 21-year-old sixth seed through to second round after defeating Arnaud Clement
  • Russian fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko fights back to beat Florent Serra in theee sets
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(CNN) -- Croatian Marin Cilic maintained his impressive run of form this season by reaching the second round of the Dubai Championship on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old, who has lost just once all year -- to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the Australian Open -- took just 90 minutes to see off veteran Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-2 6-4.

Sixth seed Cilic, who now faces Austrian qualifier Stefan Koubek, told the official ATP Tour web site: "I have to focus on myself to serve good and to try to play as aggressive as I can."

Fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko is also through to the next round, but the Russian did not have things all his own way in a hard-fought battle with another Frenchman, Florent Serra.

Davydenko next plays Michael Berrer, after taking over two hours to recover from the loss of the opening set to defeat Serra 6-7 6-4 6-1.

Another Frenchman to go out was Julien Benneteau, crushed 6-2 6-1 by Spain's Tommy Rodrebo in just 44 minutes, but fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is through after opponent Michael Llodra was forced to pull out of their match because of a hamstring injury.