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Delbonis Knocks Out Defending Champ

Gstaad, Switzerland

Bautista-Agut© Valeriano Di Domenico/Fresh FocusRoberto Bautista Agut could face Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

Last week’s Hamburg runner-up Federico Delbonis carried his good form into the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad, upsetting defending champion Thomaz Bellucci 7-5, 7-6(2) in one hour and 44 minutes in the first round on Tuesday.

The 22-year-old Argentine made his breakthrough at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament in Hamburg last week, stunning Roger Federer in the semi-finals before holding three match points in the final against Fabio Fognini. The left-hander will face Marcel Granollers for a place in the Gstaad quarter-finals. 

World No. 113 Bellucci dropped to an 8-13 match record on the season. He had lifted the trophy in Gstaad as a qualifier on his 2009 debut (d. A. Beck) and again last year with victory over Janko Tipsarevic.

Eighth seed Roberto Bautista Agut opened his campaign with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen. The Spaniard has risen 70 places in the Emirates ATP Rankings to a career high World No. 48 since failing to qualify in Gstaad 12 months ago.

The 25-year-old Bautista Agut reached his first ATP World Tour final in Chennai at the start of the season (l. to Tipsarevic) and has an 18-15 match record. He goes on to face Victor Hanescu, with the possibility of top seed Federer in the quarter-finals. Hanescu was a 7-6(6), 6-2 winner over qualifier Dustin Brown.

Swiss second seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who took part in a parachute jump at the weekend, will open his bid to win a fifth ATP World Tour title against Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain, who defeated Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 6-4. 

Another two Spaniards advanced when Pablo Andujar dismissed Romanian qualifier Victor Crivoi 6-1, 6-2 and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez finished strongly against Adrian Ungur to prevail 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-1. 

In doubles action, third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu and Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-4, while Spanish duo Bautista Agut and Gimeno-Traver recovered from their singles matches to defeat Christopher Kas and Oliver Marach 6-3, 4-6, 15-13.

There were mixed fortunes for the top two doubles seeds. Second seeds Johan Brunstrom and Raven Klaasen defeated Andrey Kuznetsov and Adrian Ungur 6-3, 7-6(3), while top seeds Daniele Bracciali and Filip Polasek were beaten by Facundo Bagnis and Jamie Delgado 6-2, 6-3.

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