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Thiem Returns To Winning Ways In Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany

Thiem© Getty ImagesDominic Thiem records his first win since Roland Garros.

In a contest between two of the ATP World Tour’s rising stars, Dominic Thiem finished strongly to defeat Jiri Vesely 7-5, 6-0 on Monday in the first round of the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg. The Austrian created 16 break point chances and converted five of them for victory in 83 minutes.

World No. 55 Thiem returned to winning ways, having failed to win a match during the grass-court swing. The 20 year old enjoyed a standout victory on clay as a qualifier in Madrid this past May, beating No. 3-ranked Stan Wawrinka in the second round. He has a 12-12 match record this season and goes on to face eighth seed Marcel Granollers.

"The second set was very good, because it was a tough match against a good friend," said Thiem. "I've known him for a very long time. We played juniors together. I haven't won many matches in the past two months so it's a very important win. It's easier for me on clay; I feel comfortable from the first ball."

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Another young gun, Dusan Lajovic, made a strong start as he dismissed Kenny De Schepper 6-3, 6-2 in 62 minutes. The Serb won 72 per cent of his service points and broke serve three times to notch his 12th win of the season. He was a quarter-finalist last week in Bastad (l. to Sousa).

German wild card Tobias Kamke recorded his first win in four attempts over Jarkko Nieminen as he beat the Finn 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in just under two hours. The Hamburg resident earned just his sixth tour-level win of the season and set a second-round clash with 13th seed Federico Delbonis

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Another German, Dustin Brown, opened with a 7-6(5), 6-3 win over Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, the 2013 ATP Most Improved Player of the Year. Brown notched his 10th tour-level win of the season, and first since a rout of a No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal last month on grass in Halle. He will look for his third straight win over a Spanish opponent when he next meets No. 9 seed Fernando Verdasco.

Benoit Paire set a second-round clash with 11th seed Santiago Giraldo as he edged Andrey Golubev 1-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) in one hour and 45 minutes. It stopped a run of four successive first-round defeats for the Frenchman. He is bidding to win back-to-back matches for just the second time this season.

Top seed David Ferrer will face Mikhail Kukushkin in his opening second-round match after the Kazakhstani beat Marsel Ilhan 6-2, 6-2, while No. 2 seed and defending champion Fabio Fognini meets Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic, a 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 winner over German Jan-Lennard Struff.

In other second-round matches, third seed Tommy Robredo will challenge qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2, 6-3. Home favourite and seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber will open his campaign against Portuguese qualifier Gastao Elias, who beat Albert Montanes 6-4, 6-3 in 74 minutes.

Stuttgart champion Roberto Bautista Agut, who broke into the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday, withdrew with gastroenteritis and has been replaced in the singles draw by Thomaz Bellucci. The Brazilian will play Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Croatian qualifier Mate Delic.

Third & Fourth Seeds Advance
Third seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez opened their Hamburg campaign with a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory over Andre Begemann and Alexander Zverev. The Spaniards recently reached the Roland Garros final (l. to Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin) and are looking to win their second title of the season.

Fourth seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers made their tournament debut with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Germans Martin Emmrich and Christopher Kas. The British/Australian pairing are chasing their second ATP World Tour team title of the season after victory on clay in Munich (d. Fleming/Hutchins).

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