ATP Rome Masters: Andy Murray will face Spain's Marcel Granollers in second round
Last Updated: 13/05/13 7:53am
Andy Murray: Will take on Marcel Granollers in Rome
British No 1 Andy Murray will face Marcel Granollers in the ATP Rome Masters second round after the Spaniard came through his meeting against Nikolay Davydenko.
The 35th-ranked player defeated the veteran Russian 6-3 6-4 in a tournament which is a key warm-up event ahead of the French Open.
Murray, who will move back up to world No 2 in the rankings on Monday, was sent crashing out of the Madrid Open at the quarter-final stage by Czech Tomas Berdych.
He will now hope for an improvement on his least favourite surface with Roland Garros just two weeks away now.
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In the day's other games, Grigor Dimitrov continued his good form on the clay after cruising into the second round of the thanks a straight sets victory against Marcos Baghdatis.
The highly-rated Bulgarian, who dumped world No 1 Novak Djokovic out of Madrid earlier in the week, came through against the veteran Cypriot 6-3, 6-4.
Dimitrov will next face Richard Gasquet after the ninth-seeded Frenchman overcame Sam Querrey 6-2 7-6 (10-8) on Centrale.
Meanwhile, Denis Istomin upset another 21st-ranked American John Isner with a hard-fought three-set victory 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-3. The Uzbek star will next face sixth-seed Berdych on the red clay.
Italian hopes of a surprise victory were dashed as wild card Matteo Viola was dumped out by Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-3. The Ukrainian could now play Wawrinka if the Swiss ace comes through his match against a qualifier.
And, South African Kevin Anderson proved too powerful for Jurgen Melzer from Austria 6-1 6-2 to set up a potential meeting against Marin Cilic.