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Seeds Paire, Malisse Beaten In Vienna

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Lorenzi© e|motion/zolles.comPaolo Lorenzi recorded just his seventh tour-level win of the season to upset Benoit Paire.

World No. 82 Paolo Lorenzi recorded just his seventh tour-level win of the season on Tuesday as he upset seventh-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-4 in the first round of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna.

The Italian withstood 11 aces to break Paire twice from six opportunities, claiming victory in 85 minutes. The 30-year-old Lorenzi has reached six ATP Challenger Tour finals this season, winning his lone trophy in Cordenons, Italy (d. Gimeno-Traver). 

Eighth seed Xavier Malisse was also ousted in the first round, falling to Slovenian qualifier Grega Zemlja 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(6). The No. 70-ranked Zemlja recorded just his eighth tour-level win of the season in two hours and 27 minutes as he broke serve five times and saved seven of the 11 break points he faced.

Zemlja next will face Australia’s Matthew Ebden, who came through a see-saw match with Filippo Volandri of Italy, 7-5, 0-6, 6-0 in one hour and 48 minutes.

Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil earned a hard-fought win over Andreas Haider-Maurer, overcoming the Austrian wild card 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-1 in two hours and six minutes. Haider-Maurer had reached the Vienna final as a qualifier in 2010, falling to countryman Jurgen Melzer.

In a first-round clash between two qualifiers, Daniel Brands fired 23 aces as he battled back from a set down to defeat Ruben Bemelmans 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3 in one hour and 50 minutes. Brands goes onto face top seed Juan Martin del Potro.

American Jesse Levine set a second-round clash with third seed Tommy Haas after beating Lukasz Kubot 6-3, 6-4 in 77 minutes. The No. 69-ranked Levine recently reached the quarter-finals at the Moselle Open in Metz (l. to Tsonga) and has a 7-14 match record this season.

Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene advanced to the second round at the expense of Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who was forced to retire with a groin injury when trailing 6-4, 1-0.

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