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Duckworth, Falla advance in Colombia

James Duckworth and Alejandro Falla knocked off the only seeded players in action Tuesday in the first round of the inaugural Colombia Open tennis event.

Duckworth took down seventh-seeded Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, 6-3, 6-4, while Falla, a native of Cali, Colombia, defeated eighth-seeded Xavier Malisse of Belgium, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, on the hardcourts at Centro de Alto Rendimiento.

Also advancing Tuesday were Canadian Vasek Pospisil, Belgian Ruben Bemelmans, Dominican qualifier Victor Estrella Burgos, 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic, Aussie qualifier Chris Guccione and Ecuadorian qualifier Emilio Gomez. Bemelmans is rewarded with a second-round match against top seed Janko Tipsarevic.

The winner of this $638,000 tournament will collect $115,200. The former Los Angeles event moved to Bogota this year.