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Three qualifiers advance in Belgrade tennis

  |   May 1, 2012 at 1:50 PM
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BELGRADE, Serbia, May 1 (UPI) -- Antonio Veic, losing just one game in each set, was one of three qualifiers earning wins Tuesday at the Serbia Open tennis tournament.

Veic dumped Blaz Kavcic 6-1, 6-1. He lost his serve in the only game he lost in the first set but still dropped only 11 points in seven games serving on the day. Veic was especially sharp on his first serves, winning points 20 of the 22 times he got his first serve in.

Fellow qualifiers Aljaz Bedene and Eduardo Schwank also advanced. Bedene got by Martin Klizan 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) behind an 11-ace attack that helped him win 65 percent of the points on serve. Schwank was a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) winner over Dudi Sela, fighting off 10 of the 13 break points he faced.

No. 8-seeded Gilles Muller defeated Lukas Lacko 6-0, 4-6, 6-3, but two other seeds were eliminated. Benoit Paire stopped No. 6-seeded Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-4 in a brisk 61 minutes and Joao Souza took out seventh-seeded Ryan Harrison 6-3, 6-3 without facing a break point.

Victor Hanescu beat Carlos Gomez-Herrera 6-2, 5-7, 7-3 and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez edged Igor Kunitsyn 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (1-7), 6-2 in Tuesday's other matches.

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