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Lu ousts fellow Taiwan player in Australian Open

SYDNEY -- Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun overcame the elements and a fellow Taiwanese to advance to the second round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Battling a fierce sun, stifling heat and swirling winds, Lu topped Jimmy Wang 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in an hour and 48 minutes, continuing a strong run of form that helped him reach the finals of last week's Heineken Open in New Zealand.

The world No. 53, whose career best at the tournament is a third round finish in both 2009 and 2012, will next face 22nd-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, most likely on Thursday, after Dimitrov beat Bradley Klahn of the United States 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.

In Lu's match against the 173rd-ranked Wang, both players struggled to get comfortable on serve in the tough conditions, with neither holding serve in the first four games of the match.

But Lu eventually adjusted to the elements and held his final two service games in the set while breaking Wang twice more. "It was extremely hot and the wind was strong. I wasn't really used to the conditions so I was really struggling with my serve early on," Lu said.

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