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Kohlschreiber Wins For Germany; Argentina Beats United States

Dusseldorf, Germany

Kohlschreiber© Laci PerenyiPhilipp Kohlschreiber opened Germany's title defence with victory over Alex Bogomolov Jr.

Defending champion Germany leads Russia 1-0 in the Blue Group of the Power Horse World Team Cup after Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Alex Bogomolov Jr. , 6-0, 6-2 on Sunday in Dusseldorf.

The No. 24-ranked Kohlschreiber, who has a 12-9 singles record in the ATP team competition, took just 53 minutes as he broke serve six times and dropped only eight points on serve. Host nation Germany is bidding to hoist the trophy for the sixth time this year.

"Today the match was like a treat; it was a top performance throughout the entire match," said Kohlschreiber. "I think it is always very special for the German team. We are at home. I think that we always feel a certain pressure compared to other teams. For sure this year’s competition is very strong, but we want to defend our title."

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Viktor Troicki opened former champion Serbia’s campaign with a 6-3, 7-6(3) victory over Ivan Dodig. The 2009 champion earned a 1-0 lead over Croatia as Troicki broke serve twice and fired eight aces in the one-hour, 44-minute contest.

In the Red Group, Argentina earned an unassailable 2-0 lead over fellow four-time former champion, the United States, after wins for Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer.

World No. 38 Berlocq broke serve five times from 11 opportunities as he dismissed former World No. 1 Andy Roddick 6-2, 6-2 in 90 minutes. Roddick was playing his first tournament since March, when he defeated Roger Federer en route to the fourth round in Miami (l. to Monaco).

"I didn’t play well. He played better than I did," conceded Roddick. "I don’t think you expect to come out after a lay-off and play great. One of the best things about this event for me is that you get matches guaranteed. So I’ll go back to practise and do it again in a couple of days."

Meanwhile, World No. 68 Mayer battled past Ryan Harrison 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 in two hours and 25 minutes.

In the doubles match, Carlos Berlocq and Juan Ignacio Chela held a 7-6(2), 4-1 lead over James Blake and Ryan Harrison when extreme rain and hail cancelled play.

In other Red Group action, Tatsuma Ito gave tournament debutant Japan a 1-0 lead over Czech Republic as he battled past Radek Stepanek 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and eight minutes. World No. 70 Ito is coming off a good run of form on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning the title in Busan and reaching the final in Kaohsiung.

Related Topics:

Dusseldorf Open, Dusseldorf WTC

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