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LYON, France (AP) _ Second-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov beat Fernando Meligeni 6-3, 6-4 Wednesday to advance to the second round of the Lyon Grand Prix.
Kafenikov, who won the tournament in 1996, will face Nicolas Escude, a 7-6 (4), 6-1 winner over David Sanguinetti, in the next round.
Defending champion Ivan Ljubicic lost to Danish qualifier Kristian Pless 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round match.
In other first-round matches, seventh-seeded Max Mirnyi beat Olivier Rochus 6-3, 7-5; American Jan-Michael Gambill lost to Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 7-6 (7); and Paul-Henri Mathieu beat Julien Boutter 6-2, 7-5.