Ivan Ljubicic reaches 2nd round in Marseille

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 20, 2012
Ivan Ljubicic hit 27 aces and beat Florent Serra of France 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3 Monday to reach the second round of the Open 13. Ljubicic was a runner-up at this tournament in 2005. The seventh-seeded Croat will next face Paul-Henri Mathieu of France or Karol Beck of Slovakia. Ljubicic broke for a 4-2 lead in the final set. He also broke serve at 4-4 in the first set, but Serra dominated the second-set tiebreaker, winning five straight points to take a 5-1 lead before evening the match at one set apiece.
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