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Garcia-Lopez, Giraldo Lead Stuttgart Winners

Stuttgart, Germany

Garcia-Lopez© GES-SportphotoGuillermo Garcia-Lopez reached the Stuttgart semi-finals two years ago.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain and Santiago Giraldo of Colombia led the list of winners at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart on Wednesday. Play resumed on the clay courts of the TC Weissenhof after rain cancelled all matches on Tuesday.

The sixth-seeded Garcia-Lopez recorded a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Italian qualifier Marco Cecchinato in two hours and 1 minute. The 2012 semi-finalist next faces another qualifier, Yann Marti, who triumphed in an all-Swiss battle with Henri Laaksonen.

Seventh seed Santiago Giraldo won 74 per cent of his first serve points in a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over qualifier Mate Delic. His next opponent is Russian Philipp Davydenko, a 6-4, 7-6(8) winner over Slovakian Blaz Rola.

Lucky loser Louk Sorensen made quick work of Igor Sijsling, sweeping past the Dutchman 6-4, 6-1 in 50 minutes to set up a second-round clash with Spanish third seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

Lukas Rosol edged wild card Alexander Zverev 7-6(7), 7-6(9) in the pair’s first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. The 28-year-old Rosol faces either Philipp Kohlschreiber or Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round. Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver (d. Gojowczyk) and Germany’s Benjamin Becker (d. Paire) also made winning starts.

"It was tough to get into a rhythm after two days sitting and waiting [for matches]," said Gimeno-Traver. "I didn't play unbelievably, but finally I could win a match and that was important."

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