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Delbonis Upsets Former Champion Davydenko; Brown Sets Fognini Clash

Munich, Germany

Delbonis© Getty ImagesFederico Delbonis beat two-time former winner Nikolay Davydenko.

World No. 44 Federico Delbonis upset two-time former champion Nikolay Davydenko 6-2, 7-6(4) on Monday in the first round of the BMW Open by FWU AG in Munich. The Argentine did not face a break point and converted two of his nine opportunities to break Davydenko, claiming victory in one hour and 33 minutes.

The 23-year-old Delbonis is chasing his second ATP World Tour title of the season, having lifted his first career trophy on clay in Sao Paulo in February (d. Lorenzi). The left-hander will face either eighth seed Ivan Dodig or qualifier Thomaz Bellucci for a place in the quarter-finals.

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German wild card Dustin Brown edged Ivo Karlovic 7-6(4), 7-6(5) in 87 minutes. Brown withstood 11 aces and won six points more than Karlovic to claim his sixth win of the season (6-4 record). 

"It's always hard to play against Ivo,” said Brown. “You know what's going to come. He serves very big, but maybe it helped that I played against him in January (in Doha). You've just got to try and mix it up. I think I dealt with the situation pretty well. I just took it point by point."

Brown, playing this week at a career-high World No. 86 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, set a second-round meeting with top seed Fabio Fognini. "It's going to be a totally different match,” said Brown. “I've never played him before. Fabio's been playing unbelievable. You never know what's going to happen on the court. I've just got to try and stay calm and play my game and see what I can do.”

Alejandro Falla claimed his first ATP World Tour main draw win since reaching the third round in Indian Wells last month as he dismissed Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-1 in just 52 minutes. The Colombian earned a second-round clash with second seed and home favourite Tommy Haas.

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‘Colombian Power’, Brits Make Winning Start
Second seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Germans Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas. The ‘Colombian Power’ have reached five ATP World Tour finals this season and are currently fifth in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings.

British duo Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, tournament director of the Aegon Championships, reached the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Italians Daniele Bracciali and Andreas Seppi. The pair played their first tour-level clay-court match together last week en route to the Bucharest quarter-finals.

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