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Brown Saves M.P. Against Davydenko In Stuttgart

Stuttgart, Germany

Wild card Dustin Brown upset sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(7) in the first round of the MercedesCup Monday in Stuttgart.

Davydenko led 5-3 in the third set, and held match point at 5-4, 40/30 on his serve, but was unable to close out the German. Brown then saved four break points at 5-5 and went on to oust Davydenko on his fourth match point in the tie-break.

“I'm happy that I won the first round. Nikolay is a great player,” Brown told “He was very solid from the back and returns well. I tried to play my game as best as I could, trying to be aggressive and not getting into too many rallies. I'm very happy I got through today, as the last time I played here I lost 7-6 in the third to Gilles Simon.

“On the match point that I saved, he hit a good serve and I hit a good return. I got a high ball and felt I had to go for it, as the percentage wouldn't be on my side if I got into a rally. I’ve lost and I’ve won matches with match point. What goes around comes around, so I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Brown won five fewer total points than the Russian, but hit 13 aces and won 77 per cent of his first serve points to win the pair's first FedEx ATP Head 2 Head meeting in two hours and four minutes. Entering the match, he had registered just one tour-level win in four matches this season at the BMW Open in Munich.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez cruised in his opener, dismissing Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 30 minutes. Garcia-Lopez broke his Spanish countryman five times to pull his ATP World Tour season record to an even 15-15 mark.

The 29-year-old Garcia-Lopez advances to play fourth seed Pablo Andujar, last year’s runner-up.

Steve Darcis also cruised through to the second round, defeating Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-4. The Belgian capitalised on four of his six break point chances to seal the win in 69 minutes.

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