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Sijsling ousts De Bakker in UNICEF Open

  |   June 14, 2010 at 1:38 PM
'S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands, June 14 (UPI) -- No. 6-seeded and local favorite Thiemo De Bakker was a first-round upset loser Monday at the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands.

Igor Sijsling defeated De Bakker, his Dutch countryman, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). Sijsling was able to convert three of his seven break-point chances and didn't drop serve himself after the first set.

Henri Kontinen also advanced by winning a third-set tie-breaker, beating Dustin Brown 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5). Brown had the edge in aces (14-9) and service breaks (4-3) but most of those advantages came in the second set while Kontinen was able to hang on and take the tie-breaker.

Also Monday, Daniel Brands stopped Rameez Junaid 6-1, 6-3; Xavier Malisse won 6-3, 6-2 over Rajeev Ram; and Arnaud Clement got by Simon Stadler 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

The grass-court UNICEF Open is the final tuneup for next week's tournament at Wimbledon.

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