DUSSELDORF OPEN 2014
Brown, Vesely Upset Seeds In First Round
by ATP Staff|
Rising Czech star Jiri Vesely upset eighth seed Igor Sijsling 7-6(2), 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the Düsseldorf Open.
The 20 year old, recipient of the “ATP Star of Tomorrow” award presented by Emirates in 2013, converted three of his seven break points to claim victory in one hour and 34 minutes.
"I played Igor in Indian Wells [in March] and it wasn’t an easy match," said Vesely. "Today on clay he was playing even better. He was making me run. I was very happy that I was serving really well and that I was able to win."
Vesely goes on to face either Nikolay Davydenko or Dudi Sela for a quarter-final spot.
German wild card Dustin Brown bested fifth seed Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6(3), 6-2 in 83 minutes. The 29 year old, who reached a career-high No. 86 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on 28 April, served eight aces and won 68 per cent of first-serve points. Earlier this season, Brown posted his first Top 10 win, on clay, as he shocked top seed and defending champion John Isner en route to the Houston quarter-finals.
Austrian Jurgen Melzer won the battle of Düsseldorf debutants as he swept past Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-1 to secure a second-round battle against fourth seed Joao Sousa. The 32-year-old Melzer returned to Tour action in Monte-Carlo last month after a seven-month lay-off with a shoulder injury.
"I am ready to compete and I can play with the big guys again," said Melzer about his comeback. "It makes me really happy to be on the court and face the challenges."
Teymuraz Gabashvili earned a second-round clash with top seed Philipp Kohlschreiber after battling past Dusan Lajovic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in just over two hours. Wild card Nikola Milojevic also advanced after a6-2, 5-7, 6-4 victory over qualifier Mirza Basic.
Second Seeds Reach QFs
Second seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers reached the quarter-finals of this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament with a 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 victory over Facundo Arguello and Manuel Pena Lopez. The British/Australian duo are chasing their second title of the season, following victory in Munich last month.
Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins, the Munich finalists, lost their first-round Düsseldorf battle against Marin Draganja and Henri Kontinen 3-6, 7-6(1), 10-5.