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Mayer, Brands Cause Upsets; Haase In Form

Kitzbuhel, Austria

Brands© GEPA/Hans OsterauerDaniel Brands is looking to build on a successful week in Gstaad.

World No. 78 Leonardo Mayer reached his second ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year on Tuesday as he upset top seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6(4) in the second round of the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel.

The Argentine converted both his break points and won 71 per cent of his service points as he defeated the No. 26-ranked Kohlschreiber in one hour and 44 minutes. Mayer also defeated Kohlschreiber at Roland Garros last year and improved to a 2-0 lead in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

The 26-year-old Mayer is bidding to reach his first ATP World Tour semi-final since May 2010 in Nice and will take on Marcel Granollers. The eighth-seeded Granollers was leading 6-0, 2-0 against Horacio Zeballos when the Argentine retired from their match with a rib injury. Granollers is through to his second ATP World Tour quarter-final in a row, after reaching the last eight in Gstaad (l. to Haase).

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Two-time defending champion Robin Haase kept up his good form with a 6-4, 7-6(4) first-round win over Guillaume Rufin. The Dutchman, who reached his third ATP World Tour final last week in Gstaad (l. to Youzhny), has a 10-0 record in Kitzbuhel, defeating Albert Montanes in the 2011 final and Kohlschreiber in 2012.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez set an all-Spanish second-round clash with third seed Fernando Verdasco after defeating Thomaz Bellucci 6-7(1), 6-3, 7-6(4) in just under three hours. Meanwhile, Austrian wild card Andreas Haider-Maurer will challenge second seed Juan Monaco after beating countryman Dennis Novak 6-4, 6-4.

One week on from recording the best win of his career against 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in Gstaad, Daniel Brands opened his campaign with a 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2 victory over fifth seed Carlos Berlocq.

The German is at a career-high World No. 52 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and notched his 19th win of the season. He has shaved more than 100 places off his ranking since the start of the season, helped by semi-final showings in Doha (l. to Gasquet) and Munich (l. to Kohlschreiber) and a quarter-final effort in Gstaad (l. to Hanescu). 

Victor Hanescu will face seventh seed Albert Montanes in the second round after dismissing Aljaz Bedene 6-2, 6-1 in under an hour. The Romanian is coming off a semi-final showing in Gstaad last week (l. to Youzhny) and has an 18-18 match record in 2013.

Czech qualifier Jan Hajek claimed his ninth tour-level win of the season as he defeated lucky loser Aldin Setkic 6-2, 6-1 in 50 minutes.

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Top seeds Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy reached the semi-finals on their team debut in Kitzbuhel, edging Argentine duo Lucas Arnold Ker and Juan Monaco 2-6, 7-5, 10-8. The 36-year-old Cermak is the defending champion at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament, having triumphed last year with Julian Knowle (d. Brown/Hanley). He was also victorious in 2004 (w/ Friedl).

Third seeds Oliver Marach and Fernando Verdasco won their first-round match against Nicholas Monroe and Simon Stadler 6-3, 7-6(4).

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