ATP Brisbane International: Fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov through in straight sets

Last Updated: 30/12/13 1:29pm

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Grigor Dimitrov: Eased past Holland's Robin Haase in straight sets

Grigor Dimitrov: Eased past Holland's Robin Haase in straight sets

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Fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov made an impressive start to his campaign at the ATP Brisbane International with a straight sets victory over Holland's Robin Haase.

The Bulgarian - who reached last year's final before losing to Andy Murray - proved far too strong for his Dutch opponent, emerging a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victor.

Meanwhile, there was a landmark moment for home hope Marinko Matosevic as he recorded his first-ever ATP win on home soil.

The 28-year-old Australian was made to work for his success, but eventually outlasted France's Julien Benneteau to complete a gruelling 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7/4) triumph.

Finland's Jarkko Nieminen set up a second round clash with top seed Roger Federer after beating Matosevic's compatriot James Duckworth 6-2 6-3.

Seventh seed Dmitry Tursunov made an early exit as he was upset by Sam Querrey, the big-serving American claiming a 7-5 6-4 win.

Meanwhile, Marin Cilic had to dig deep before finally seeing off Denis Istomin after another hard-fought three-set encounter - the Croatian coming through 6-7 (3/7) 7-6 (7/5) 6-4.

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