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Goffin Extends July's Run Of Form; Melzer Loses Kitzbühel Opener

Kitzbühel, Austria

Goffin© GEPA/Hans OsterauerDavid Goffin has won three straight ATP Challenger Tour titles this month.

Philipp Kohlschreiber, the 2012 runner-up, will begin his bid for a sixth ATP World Tour title against wild card David Goffin at the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel.

Goffin lost just four of his first service points in a 6-2, 6-4 win over Kenny de Schepper in the first round on Tuesday as he extended his fine run of form in July. Goffin has compiled a remarkable record on the ATP Challenger Tour this month, reeling off 15 victories without dropping a set en route to three titles at Scheveningen (d. A Beck), Poznan (d. Rola) and Tampere (d. Nieminen).

World No. 83 Paolo Lorenzi caused an upset mid-afternoon, following a rain interruption, by knocking out sixth seed and two-time former champion Robin Haase 6-2, 6-3 in 71 minutes. Haase, the 2011-12 titlist, dropped to a 12-2 record at the event. Lorenzi now faces Pablo Andujar, who ended the hopes of Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-4. Andujar rose to No. 44 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after he lifted his third ATP World Tour title at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad.

Seventh seed Jarkko Nieminen, who is appearing at the ATP World Tour 250 clay tennis tournament for the first time since 2006, defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-4 in 82 minutes. He will next challenge 2007 titlist and last week’s Gstaad runner-up, Juan Monaco, in the second round.

MonacoMonaco, who has reached the final on his two previous appearances in 2007 (d. Starace) and 2011 (l. to Granollers), was made to work for his victory. The Argentine recovered from winning 13 points in the first set to beat Andrey Golubev 0-6, 6-1, 6-2.

In the final singles match of the day, Diego Schwartzman accounted for 17-year-old wild card Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-0. He now faces defending champion and second seed Marcel Granollers.

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Top Seeds Fall In Doubles Opener
Mate Pavic and Andre Sa saved seven of nine break points to beat top seeds Colin Fleming and Scott Lipsky 7-5, 6-2 in 74 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals against Daniele Bracciali and Golubev. Pavic has a 0-3 record in ATP World Tour finals, including a runner-up finish at the Aircel Chennai Open (w/Draganja) in January. Sa is 7-15 lifetime in title matches.

A few hours later, second seeds Julian Knowle and Oliver Marach also lost. Finns Henri Kontinen and Nieminen won 6-2, 0-6, 10-4 in 58 minutes and they will now play Germans Christopher Kas and Kohlschreiber.

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