Result: Mikhail Youzhny edges Jurgen Melzer in straight sets

Result: Youzhny edges Melzer in straight sets
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Mikhail Youzhny starts his Rogers Cup campaign with a straight-sets victory over Jurgen Melzer.

World number 25 Mikhail Youzhny came through a tough test at the Rogers Cup today, edging past Jurgen Melzer in straight sets.

The Russian made a confident start in Montreal, but Melzer kept pace in a tight first set.

Youzhny eventually wrapped up the opening set with a single break of serve, claiming the advantage after holding firm in a series of lengthy baseline exchanges.

Melzer responded by putting pressure on his opponent in the second set on Court Five, holding serve to keep the match alive.

A stalemate forced the second set to a tie-breaker, with Youzhny reacting quickest to build a 6-1 lead and earn five match points.

Melzer delayed the defeat by saving two match points, but eventually succumbed as Youzhny secured a 6-4 7-6(3) success.

Mikhail Youzhny returns the ball to Janko Tipsarevic during their third round match of the French Open on June 1, 2013
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