Kamran Jebreili
February 23, 2016

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Tomas Berdych advanced to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships by beating Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday.

''A first match, playing outside after a while, it's a good test,'' Berdych said. ''Don't make it more complicated than needed.''

The seventh-ranked Berdych is a two-time finalist in Dubai, in 2013 and '14. He's reached at least the semifinals four of the last five years.

Also, eighth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany defeated wild-card entry Marsel Ilhan of Turkey 6-1, 7-5, and Borna Coric of Croatia beat Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.

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