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Moodie into second round

By Mark Etheridge

Wesley Moodie, our top-ranked doubles tennis player, has reached the second round of the Cincinnati Masters tournament in the United States.

He and big Belgian partner Dick Norman beat Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt and Romania’s Horia Tecau in the first round.

The SA/Belgian combination needed just two sets to go through to the second round, 7-6 (5) 6-2.

They’ll now come up against the European combination of Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner (Germany and Austria respectively).

And there’ll be revenge in the minds of Moodie and Norman when they take on the tournament’s seventh seeds.

Because it was the same team that ended Moodie and Norman’s run at Wimbledon earlier this year when they won their five-setter semi-final clash.

Thirty-one-year-old Moodie is using this tournament as a warm-up to the US Open, the year’s final grand slam event later this month. And then the world’s 25th ranked doubles player has national commitments in the shape of a crucial Davis Cup match-up against Germany in Stuttgart next month.

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