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Bellucci Starts Quest For Third Gstaad Crown

Gstaad, Switzerland

Haase© C. Pfander/Fresh FocusRobin Haase battles for a win in his Gstaad opener.

Two-time former champion Thomaz Bellucci lost five of his first service points in a 6-3, 6-4 victory over qualifier Gerald Melzer on Tuesday at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad. Bellucci, who won the title as a qualifier in 2009 (d. A. Beck) and 2012 (d. Tipsarevic), will play fifth seed Federico Delbonis in the second round.

Top seed and defending champion Mikhail Youzhny will open his campaign against Kenny de Schepper after the Frenchman beat Filippo Volandri 6-3, 7-6(3) in 75 minutes. World No. 110 De Schepper claimed his first victory since early June at The Queen’s Club, breaking a run of four successive first-round exits.

Seventh seed Robin Haase battled to a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 victory over Aleksandr Nedovyesov. The Dutchman converted three of his six break points to prevail in one hour and 51 minutes. The 27 year old finished runner-up at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament last year.

Pablo Andujar advanced when his opponent, sixth seed Gilles Simon, was forced to retire due to illness. Andujar had been leading 6-2, 3-2 and goes on to face Blaz Rola, who beat qualifier Fabiano De Paula.

Swiss wild card Yann Marti held his nerve for a tense 5-7, 7-6(7), 7-6(5) victory over Daniel Gimeno-Traver. The 26-year-old Marti claimed just his second tour-level win, having recorded his first two weeks ago in Stuttgart. World No. 212 Marti goes on to face second seed Marcel Granollers.

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Top Seeds Open Title Defence
Top seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers opened their title defence in Gstaad with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Daniele Bracciali and Andrey Golubev. The British/Australian duo won one of three 2013 ATP World Tour titles here last year, with victory over Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

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