With the top seeds on the sidelines waiting to join the action, past champions and former-top ranked players took centre stage looking to conjure up some old magic.
For a brief moment it must have felt like old times for 2008 winner Davydenko as he strolled out onto centre court under a bright morning sun to kick off the day's action.
But there was no reliving the glory days for the former world number three, now ranked 71, who has seen his form dip as Frenchman Mannarino dispatched the Russian in straight sets in front of handful of spectators.
Davydenko was followed onto centre court by another former top-10 player in Argentine Juan Monaco and a few hours later the world number 41 was shown to the exit by another Frenchman, falling 7-5 3-6 7-6 (7-5) to Jeremy Chardy.
Sprinkled across the sprawling Crandon Park tennis complex on Wednesday were players who were once fixtures in the top 10, commanding big audiences and all the perks that go with being a top-ranked player.
Czech Radek Stepanek and Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis were among those on the comeback trail working up a first-round sweat while world number one Rafa Nadal and other members of the top-10 club enjoyed a bye.
Edmund, the British number five and ranked 280 in the world, took the first set on a tie-break, but that sparked Benneteau into life, and the world number 52 went on to secure a comfortable 6-7(2) 6-3 6-2 victory.
Miami Masters results
Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) 7-6(6) 6-4
Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 7-6(3) 7-6(5)
Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) beat Filippo Volandri (Italy) 6-4 7-6(1)
Marinko Matosevic (Australia) beat Alejandro Falla (Colombia) 1-6 6-4 7-6(6)
Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) beat Daniel Brands (Germany) 6-3 6-0
Ivan Dodig (Croatia) beat Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan) 4-6 6-1 6-4
Julien Benneteau (France) beat Kyle Edmund (Britain) 6-7(2) 6-3 6-2
Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) beat Malek Jaziri (Tunisia) 7-6(9) 6-1
Jeremy Chardy (France) beat Juan Monaco (Argentina) 7-5 3-6 7-6(5)
Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) beat Marcel Granollers (Spain) 6-4 6-3
Thiemo de Bakker (Netherlands) beat Victor Hanescu (Romania) 6-3 6-2
Albert Montanes (Spain) beat Michal Przysiezny (Poland) 5-7 7-6(5) 6-3
Matthew Ebden (Australia) beat Lukasz Kubot (Poland) 4-6 6-4 6-4
Adrian Mannarino (France) beat Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) 6-4 7-5
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