Granollers advances at Gerry Weber Open

June 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

HALLE, Germany, June 12 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded Marcel Granollers won but No. 7-seeded Andreas Seppi was an upset victim Tuesday in first-round play of the Gerry Weber Open in Germany.

Granollers defeated Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-2 without facing a break point. Granollers lost just 12 points in nine games serving. He posted three breaks, two in controlling the second set.

Radek Stepanek edged past Seppi 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 7-6 (9-7) in a match that took nearly 3 hours. Seppi dropped serve just twice but fell in the extended tiebreakers. Stepanek improved to 4-0 lifetime against Seppi but only one of the matches finished in straight sets.

Also Tuesday, Lukas Lacko stopped Konstantin Kravchuk 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Viktor Troicki beat Benjamin Becker 6-2, 7-6 (8-6); Florian Mayer didn't allow a break-point opportunity in a 6-4, 6-4 win over Tim Smyczek; and Tommy Haas advanced when, after Haas went up 5-2 in the first set, Bernard Tomic retired.

Lacko advanced to a second-round match against top-seeded Rafael Nadal, who is coming off Monday's French Open championship.

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