HEINEKEN OPEN 2013
Bellucci Dismisses Goffin; Baker Upsets Janowicz
Auckland, New Zealand
by ATP Staff|
World No. 33 Thomaz Bellucci started his 2013 ATP World Tour season with a win in the first round of the Heineken Open, defeating Belgium's David Goffin 7-6(5), 6-2 in one hour and 14 minutes on Monday in Auckland.
The Brazilian eighth seed converted all five break points on Goffin's serve in the pair's first meeting. Bellucci faces either Paolo Lorenzi or Lukas Lacko in the second round, and could meet top seed and two-time defending champion David Ferrer in the quarter-finals.
Goffin's countrymen fared better. Xavier Malisse recorded an upset over Martin Klizan 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-3 in just over two hour, while World No. 89 Olivier Rochus notched a 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Albert Ramos in two hours and 14 minutes. The 31-year-old Rochus converted six of eleven break points and meets fourth seed Sam Querrey in the second round. The American, who had a first-round bye, holds a 2-0 FedEx ATP Head 2 Head lead over Rochus.
"I’m trying to play my game, to be solid from the baseline, to use my slice, to vary a lot, to try and make [the bigger guys] move," said Rochus. "They are very good when they have the ball on them. They serve big and that is tough."
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American Brian Baker upset fifth seed Jerzy Janowicz in the first round, coming from behind to defeat the Pole 4-6, 7-5(5), 6-4 in two hours and 17 minutes. Baker, who was a contender for ATP Comeback Player of the Year in 2012, claimed his first win of the season after falling to eventual finalist Grigor Dimitrov in the Brisbane first round last week.
"It’s definitely the toughest conditions I’ve played in an ATP match," said Baker, considering on the windy conditions. "I stayed mentally tough. I had so many chances in the match to break and get ahead and I didn’t capitalise on it. But I told myself at some point it has to go my way and then finally it did."
The 22-year-old Janowicz was playing his first match since a scintillating breakthrough run at the BNP Paribas Masters in November, when he reached the final of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event with victories over World No. 3 Andy Murray and No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic.
Earlier on Monday, qualifiers Greg Jones, Jesse Levine, Igor Sijsling and Benjamin Becker booked main draw berths.