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Dimitrov Starts Strong, Gulbis Battles in Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden

Dimitrov© If Stockholm OpenGrigor Dimitrov wins his first round match in Stockholm.

Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov started his bid for the If Stockholm Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over qualifier Marius Copil. Dimitrov, who reached the quarter-finals at this event in 2011, needed 80 minutes to secure a second-round meeting against Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff.

American Jack Sock got his Stockholm debut off to a strong start on Tuesday when he beat Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-2 in just 59 minutes. The 21-year-old Sock converted five of his nine break point opportunities and will next play top seed David Ferrer, who is making his first appearance at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament since 2006.

Fifth seed Ernests Gulbis needed two hours and 20 minutes to get by Jeremy Chardy, edging the Frenchman 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3). The Latvian was playing his first match since winning his second ATP World Tour title of the season at the St. Petersburg Open (d. Garcia-Lopez) and fired 15 aces and saved 10 of the 12 break points he faced.

Joachim Johansson extended his impressive comeback to the ATP World Tour with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Alejandro Falla. The 31-year-old Swede came out of retirement and qualified into the main draw to play his first professional tournament since competing in a Futures tournament in Switzerland in March 2011.

"It was fantastic," Johansson said about the crowds watching his match. "When I was younger, it was these kinds of moments that I lived for. To experience them again is wonderful."

The former World No. 9 and 2004 US Open semi-finalist hit 11 aces and won 74 per cent of his service points to beat Falla in 54 minutes. Johansson goes on to face second-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic for a place in the quarter-finals.

"It's very fun to play the Top 10 players or the guys fighting for a place at the [Barclays ATP World Tour Finals]," said Johansson about Raonic. "They are the best in the world. To play someone like [him] will be a big challenge and I will do my best to have a great performance."

Third seed Jerzy Janowicz will open his campaign against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez after the Spaniard defeated qualifier Nils Langer 7-6(5), 6-3. Janowicz is set to make his first appearance since the US Open after being sidelined with a herniated spinal disc.

Jan-Lennard Struff hit six aces and lost six of his service points to cruise past qualifier Milos Sekulic 6-3, 6-0 in 53 minutes. He awaits the winner of the evening match between seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov and qualifier Marius Copil.

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