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Fognini Leads Seeds Exodus In Hamburg; Zverev's Historic Win

Hamburg, Germany

Fognini© Marcus Lang/X-tremePicturesDefending champion Fabio Fognini lost in his opening match in Hamburg.

Last year's finalists at the bet-at-home Open lost in Hamburg on Wednesday, with seven seeds making early exits at the Am Rothenbaum – venue of the ATP World Tour 500 tournament.

Defending champion and No. 2 seed Fabio Fognini was beaten in the second round by qualifier Filip Krajinovic, the World No. 149, placed 134 spots lower than the Italian in the Emirates ATP Rankings, 6-4, 6-1 in 55 minutes. Krajinovic lost eight points in the second set. He will meet Dusan Lajovic, who converted both of his break point opportunities to oust No. 15 seed and this year’s Portugal Open winner, Carlos Berlocq, 6-3, 6-4.

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German wild card Alexander Zverev, aged 17 years and two months, knocked out fifth seed Mikhail Youzhny, 7-5, 7-5 in two hours mid-afternoon for a third-round clash against No. 11 seed Santiago Giraldo. Zverev’s win over the World No. 19 marks the first time a 17 year old has defeated a Top 20 opponent on the ATP World Tour since Richard Gasquet (17) beat No. 11 Nicolas Massu in the Portugal Open first round in April 2004.

"I can't explain my emotions right now," Zverev told ATPWorldTour.com. "I don't know if I am dreaming. I am really happy with the way I am playing and I am really happy to have won against a player who has been in the Top 10. One or two points mattered in both sets. I played some great points at the right moments." Zverev practised with Giraldo ahead of the tournament.

Federico Delbonis, the No. 13 seed, who could not convert three championship points in last year’s title match, fell to wild card Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-4. Kamke next meets fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, who avoided a fourth opening-round exit in Hamburg, after he hit six aces past Jerzy Janowicz in a 6-4, 6-1 win over 72 minutes.

Dustin Brown saved two match points at 5/6 and 6/7 in the third set tie-break to beat ninth seed Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(8) in one hour and 54 minutes.

"I stayed calm in the important situations," said the German, who will next play Pablo Andujar. "I concentrated on myself. Keep calm, keep focused."

Tenth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the winner of April's Grand Prix Hassan II, fell to Leonardo Mayer 7-6(1), 7-6(3) in two hours and eight minutes. Mayer now challenges No. 55-ranked Dominic Thiem. Lukas Rosol defeated last week’s SkiStar Swedish Open runner-up, No. 14 seed Joao Sousa, 6-2, 6-4, and will next face third seed and 2006 titlist Tommy Robredo.

Seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber avoided the exodus, closing out a 7-5, 6-1 win over Portuguese qualifier Gastao Elias 7-5, 6-1 in one hour and 25 minutes.

"The longer the match went on, I felt stronger and stronger and felt like I could dictate more points," said Kohlschreiber, who goes on to face Gilles Simon for a place in the quarter-finals.

The 12th-seeded Frenchman made his way safely through when Martin Klizan withdrew prior to their match with a left wrist injury.

Meanwhile, Italian Andreas Seppi, the No. 16 seed, recovered to edge former champion Juan Monaco 1-6, 6-0, 7-6(3) in just under two hours. 

Peya/Soares Reach Doubles QFs
Top seed Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, who finished runners-up last year (l. to Fyrstenberg/Matkowski), hit five aces and saved all three break points they faced to beat Mikhail Kukushkin and Philipp Marx 6-2, 6-2 in 55 minutes. Peya and Soares have a 1-4 record in tour-level finals this year, highlighted by the Aegon Championships title.

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