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Andy Murray through to 2nd round in Rotterdam with straight sets win over Nicolas Mahut

  • Britain's Andy Murray returns the ball to Nicolas Mahut of France during their first round match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Britain's Andy Murray returns the ball to Nicolas Mahut of France during their first round match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • With the arena lights off Britain's Andy Murray poses for a selfie with a fan, left, after defeating Nicolas Mahut of France during their first round match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Murray won in two sets 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    With the arena lights off Britain's Andy Murray poses for a selfie with a fan, left, after defeating Nicolas Mahut of France during their first round match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Murray won in two sets 6-3, 6-2. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Andy Murray returns the ball to Nicolas Mahut of France during their first round match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Britain's Andy Murray returns the ball to Nicolas Mahut of France during their first round match of the 42nd ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)  (The Associated Press)

Top-seeded Andy Murray made a solid start to his Rotterdam campaign with a 6-3, 6-2 win over French qualifier Nicolas Mahut on Wednesday.

The Australian Open runner-up, who played his first match since losing to Novak Djokovic in Melbourne, saved five of the six break points he faced.

Murray had a dip in concentration while serving for the match at 5-0, when Mahut finally broke him, but the 2009 champion held on his next service game.

Andrea Seppi also advanced to the second round with a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3 win over wild card Robin Haase to set up a match against defending champion Tomas Berdych.

Earlier, Sergiy Stakhovsky became the first player to seal his spot in the quarterfinals by defeating Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-3.