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Delbonis Knocks Out Simon In Casablanca

Casablanca, Morocco

Delbonis© El KhaouaFederico Delbonis ousted former champion Gilles Simon in the first round.

Sixth seed Federico Delbonis defeated former champion Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to open his Grand Prix Hassan II campaign in Casablanca. The Argentine broke serve once in each set to beat 2008 winner Simon, who had qualified into the main draw.

"I was very nervous; the conditions were difficult for me," said Simon. "Federico had two break points and played great during those points. The first part of the match was difficult for me because I couldn't win any points during his service games.

"Against him, you have to move well and play fast. The ball bounces high here and this makes it difficult to play against him."

Delbonis is up to a career-high World No. 43 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and improved to an 8-7 match record on the season. The 23 year old won his first ATP World Tour title in February at the Brasil Open 2014 in Sao Paulo (d. Lorenzi).

Top seed and last year’s runner-up Kevin Anderson will face Victor Hanescu in the second round after the Romanian overcame Moroccan wild card Hicham Khaddari 7-6(3), 6-3. The 32-year-old Hanescu reached the Casablanca final in 2010 (l. to Wawrinka).

In a first-round contest between two qualifiers, Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena recorded his first ATP World Tour win as he defeated David Goffin of Belgium 6-2, 7-5 in one hour and 48 minutes.

World No. 273 Baena came through qualifying without dropping a set and claimed the landmark win against Goffin - a former Top 50 player – as he saved five of the six break points he faced. The 21 year old goes on to face fifth seed Joao Sousa.

Another Spaniard, Albert Ramos, also advanced, earning a second-round clash with fourth seed Marcel Granollers as he defeated Moroccan wild card Lamine Ouahab 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.

Canadian qualifier Filip Peliwo claimed his second tour-level win as he defeated Filippo Volandri 7-6(6), 6-3 in 89 minutes. 

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Fourth Seeds Reach QFs
Fourth seeds Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Mikhail Kukushkin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov. Marach and Mergea are chasing their second title of the season, following victory on clay in Vina del Mar in February (d. Cabal/Farah).

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