February 26, 2018 / 6:29 PM / 7 months ago

Kohlschreiber, Bautista Agut cruise into Dubai second round

(Reuters) - Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber and Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut secured straight set victories on Monday to cruise into the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

FILE PHOTO - Sep 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany serves to Roger Federer of Switzerland on day eight of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Kohlschreiber swatted aside French qualifier Gleb Sakharov 6-4 6-2 to set up a clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

FILE PHOTO - Tennis - Davis Cup - First Round - Spain vs Great Britain - Club de Tenis Puente Romano, Marbella, Spain - February 2, 2018 Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in action against Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Bautista Agut, who claimed the Auckland Classic title last month, beat Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4. Up next for the third seed is Joao Sousa or Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

World number 43 Robin Haase overcame a mid-match blip to knock out qualifier Quentin Halys. The Dutchman prevailed 7-5 2-6 6-4 in two hours and 13 minutes and could run into Grigor Dimitrov next.

The top-seeded Bulgarian, who is making his first appearance in Dubai since 2011, takes on wildcard Malek Jaziri in his first round match on Tuesday.

Marcos Baghdatis, a finalist in his last visit to Dubai two years ago, overcame Viktor Troicki 7-5 6-2 to advance.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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