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Falla posts first-round New Zealand upset

Jan. 9, 2012 at 8:41 AM
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Alejandro Falla rallied for a first-round upset win Monday at the Heineken Open tennis tournament in New Zealand.

Falla dropped seventh-seeded Donald Young 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. He held his serve through the third set, saving four break points, in finishing off the upset.

No. 6-seeded Thomaz Bellucci slipped past Rui Machado 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in a match that had just one break. Bellucci saved the only break point he faced and won three-quarters of the points when serving.

Santiago Giraldo beat Michael Venus 6-4, 6-3 in an efficient 66 minutes in Monday's other match. Giraldo cashed in three of his five break chances and didn't allow Venus, who was born in Auckland, a break point.

World No. 5 David Ferrer, who beat David Nalbandian for the Heineken Open title last year, is seeded first in Auckland this year. He also won the championship in 2007.

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