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Nieminen Opens Dusseldorf Bid; Tipsarevic To Face Pella

Dusseldorf, Germany

Kamke© Laci Perenyi-Rochus Turnier GmbHTobias Kamke won an all-German first-round clash with Benjamin Becker.

Sixth seed Jarkko Nieminen opened his bid to win his first ATP World Tour clay-court title on Monday with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Lukas Lacko at the inaugural Power Horse Cup in Dusseldorf. The Finn is projected to meet second seed Tommy Haas in the quarter-finals and earned his place in the second round as he broke serve five times for victory in 76 minutes.

"I feel good. I think I'm playing well," said Nieminen. "I think I played tactically pretty smart. It's really heavy conditions. I'm sure it wasn't my opponent's favourite conditions to play in, nor was it my favourite. You have to be patient, build up the points really well and not go for the winners too early."

Nieminen goes on to face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, who battled past Gilles Muller 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 in just under two hours. World No. 65 Bautista Agut is looking to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since January, when he reached his first final at the Aircel Chennai Open (l. to Tipsarevic).

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Top seed Janko Tipsarevic will meet Guido Pella in the first round after the Argentine beat fellow qualifier Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes. World No. 101 Pella will look to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final against Tipsarevic, who has compiled an 11-10 mark on the season.

In an all-German first-round clash, Tobias Kamke defeated wild card Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-2 in 66 minutes. World No. 77 Kamke claimed his eighth win of the season and set up a second-round contest with either eighth seed Nikolay Davydenko or lucky loser Aljaz Bedene.

DoublesBrazilian qualifier Andre Ghem recorded only the second tour-level win of his 10-year professional career. The 30 year old dismissed Japan’s Go Soeda 6-4, 6-0 in 65 minutes, dropping only four points on serve in the second set. The right-hander will face third seed Juan Monaco for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Second Seeds Upset In Doubles
Second seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek were edged out in the first round on Monday, falling to Ivan Dodig and Lukas Rosol 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 in 63 minutes. 

Jonathan Erlich and Dmitry Tursunov set a quarter-final clash with fourth seeds Frederik Nielsen and Andre Sa after battling past Tommy Haas and Michael Russell 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-8 in one hour and 39 minutes. 

German/Dutch duo Daniel Brands and Igor Sijsling cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Tomasz Bednarek and Jamie Delgado.

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