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Spadea, Dent Advance at AAPT Tennis

January 5, 2004

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) _ American Vincent Spadea, the No. 2 seed, beat Jurgen Melzer of Austria 7-6 (4), 6-2 in his first-round match at the AAPT Championships on Monday.

Fellow American Taylor Dent also won his opening match with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Luis Horna of Peru.

Sweden’s Thomas Johansson returned from a 14-month layoff to beat Belgium’s Christophe Rochus 6-1, 6-3. Johansson, the 2002 Australian Open champion, had been forced off the circuit by a knee injury.

Other first-round winners included Michael Llodra of France, Slovakia’s Karol Beck, Sweden’s Stanislas Wawrinka and Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

Top-seeded Wayne Ferreira of South Africa is scheduled to play Australian wild-card Todd Reid on Tuesday.

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