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Tommy Robredo opens his bid to reclaim the Grand Prix Hassan II title with victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Robredo Wins Marrakech Opener

Robredo sets Dimitrov clash

The Grand Prix Hassan II holds special memories for Tommy Robredo, and the Spaniard made a winning start on Monday in Marrakech as he defeated qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-4 in the first round.

On his only two previous appearances at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament, when it was held in Casablanca, the 34-year-old Robredo reached the final in 2001 (l. to Canas) and returned in 2013 to win the title (d. Anderson).

Robredo's 10-1 Marrakech record will be put to the test in the second round, where he is set to face top seed Grigor Dimitrov. Robredo leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 2-1, winning their most recent contest in Indian Wells two years ago.

Second seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas will open his campaign against qualifier Laslo Djere, who claimed the first tour-level win of his career as he defeated Martin Klizan 7-6(3), 6-3.

In remaining first-round action, Jan-Lennard Struff advanced with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory over qualifier Taro Daniel, while Radu Albot avenged last year's Marrakech defeat to Nicolas Almagro, prevailing 7-6(6), 6-3.  

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