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Fognini, Stakhovsky, Mathieu advance at Nice Open

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Fognini, Stakhovsky, Mathieu advance at Nice Open
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Italy's Fabio Fognini returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during their match at the Italian Open …

NICE, France (AP) -- Fabio Fognini overcame a sloppy first set to beat Italian countryman Marco Cecchinato 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 Tuesday in the first round of the Nice Open.

Fognini, seeded sixth, won just three points on his opponent's serve in the first set, but bounced back to break him twice in the second set and three more times in the third. Fognini next faces French wild card Gael Monfils, who rallied to beat Colombia's Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine defeated qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-2, 6-3 and next plays third-seeded American Sam Querrey.

Paul-Henri Mathieu of France also advanced, beating American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4, and Guillaume Rufin beat Italy's Paolo Lorenzi 6-3, 6-1 and will next face second-seeded Gilles Simon in an all-French match..

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