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Davis Cup heroes continue to have good fortune

George Bastl and Michel Kratochvil got back to winning ways on Tuesday, as the Swiss Davis Cup players returned to life on the ATP tour.

Following the team's weekend win in Basel over their first round tie opponents, the United States, both Bastl and Kratochvil won their matches.

Bastl had to work hard to progress to the second round of the Copenhagen Open tournament. He beat Noam Behr from Israel 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1) 6-3.

Kratochvil had an easier time of it at the Marseille Open in France. He beat Stephane Huet in straight sets 6-4 6-1.

Switzerland's Marc Rosset, who has ruled out playing in the Davis Cup, also won his match at the Marseille tournament. The defending champion rallied to beat the Italian, Gianluca Pozzi, 2-6 6-2 7-5.

Roger Federer, who was instrumental in winning all three of Switzerland's Davis Cup points, is set to face France's Cyril Saulnier on Wednesday.

Federer's Davis Cup doubles partner, Lorenzo Manta, won his first round match in the Lübeck Challenge in Germany. He beat the Italian, Christiano Caratti, 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4.

In the women's game, Swiss Patty Schnyder lost her first round match in the WTA tournament in Nice to Magdalena Maleeva. The Bulgarian won 6-3 5-7 6-3.

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