CREDIT AGRICOLE SUISSE OPEN GSTAAD 2012
Lopez Prevails In Testing Gstaad Opener
by ATP Staff|
Fifth seed Feliciano Lopez survived a testing first-round encounter with World No. 102 Adrian Ungur on Tuesday at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad, firing 14 aces as he prevailed 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) in just over two hours.
The Spanish left-hander is making his seventh appearance in Gstaad and improved to a 10-6 event record, highlighted by reaching the final in 2006 (l. to Gasquet). He goes onto face Czech Jan Hajek, who was leading 4-1 when his opponent, Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, was forced to retire with a stomach injury.
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov broke serve four times to oust No. 6 seed Julien Benneteau of France 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and 44 minutes. The 21-year-old Dimitrov has reached the semi-finals in two of his past three tournaments, on grass at The Queen's Club (l. to Nalbandian) and on clay last week in Bastad (l. to Ferrer).
Poland’s Lukasz Kubot earned a second-round clash with Marcel Granollers, the No. 2 seed from Spain, after beating Ivan Dodig of Croatia 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 11 minutes. Meanwhile, fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny will open his campaign against Thomaz Bellucci after the Brazilian recorded his 100th tour-level match win with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Blaz Kavcic.
German qualifier Dustin Brown battled into the second round with a 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(8) victory over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in just over two hours. Both men broke serve four times and the No. 138-ranked Brown won one point less than his opponent as he clinched his fourth victory of the season.