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Istomin Beats Kohlschreiber In Munich Opener; Hewitt Falls

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Istomin© Getty ImagesDenis Istomin knocked out two-time former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Denis Istomin knocked out two-time former champion Philipp Kohlschreiber on Tuesday at the BMW Open by FWU AG.

Istomin saved 11 of 14 break points in a 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 victory in just over two hours. It extended his record to 3-0 against fifth seed Kohlschreiber, who won the 2007 (d. Youzhny) and 2012 (d. Cilic) titles in Munich. He goes on to face Marinko Matosevic.

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Jan-Lennard Struff defeated sixth seed Feliciano Lopez, a player ranked 66 spots ahead of him at No. 30 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, 6-3, 6-4 in 79 minutes. Struff, who turned 24 last week, reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final in February at the Open 13 in Marseille (l. to Tsonga).

Qualifier Thomaz Bellucci beat eighth seed Ivan Dodig 7-6(0), 6-4. A third qualifier, Martin Klizan, cruised past Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-2 in 52 minutes and will next play third seed Mikhail Youzhny, the 2010 titlist, in the second round.

Italian Andreas Seppi was the only seeded player to make his way safely through the first round Tuesday, defeating German lucky loser Michael Berrer, 6-3, 7-5. Berrer had taken Jiri Vesely's place in the draw after the Czech withdrew with a left achilles injury.

The seventh-seeded Seppi goes on to face Spaniard Albert Ramos, who completed a perfect Tuesday for qualifiers as he defeated former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-0. Hewitt had reached the quarter-finals on his one previous Munich appearance in 2009.

Elsewhere, Jurgen Melzer beat this year’s Australian Open junior champion, Alexander Zverev, a wild card entry, 6-1, 6-2 and now plays lucky loser Ricardas Berankis. Berankis replaced fourth seed Gael Monfils, who failed to overcome an ankle injury sustained in last week’s BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy semi-finals.

Top Seeds Butorac/Klaasen Win Opener
Top seeds Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen prevailed against Johan Brunstrom and Henri Kontinen 6-4, 6-7(2), 11-9 in their first-round match. The German-Austrian duo of Dustin Brown and Julian Knowle, meanwhile, teamed up for a 6-7(3), 6-4, 10-3 victory over Austrians Oliver Marach and Jurgen Melzer.

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