Almagro finishes strong in Hamburg

July 17, 2012 at 3:47 PM
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HAMBURG, Germany, July 17 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Nicolas Almagro finished strong Tuesday in posting a first-round win at the German Tennis Championships.

Almagro broke open a tight first set and then ran away by taking the first five games of the second in a 6-4, 6-1 win over Tobias Kamke.

Almagro lost his serve one in each set but he was up 5-0 in the second set by the time the second break occurred. He won 56 percent of the points on serve but took 63 percent when Kamke served.

Third-seeded Juan Monaco needed three third-set breaks to defeat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 but No. 4-seeded Marin Cilic had little trouble in a 6-3, 6-3 win over Flavio Cipolla.

Wild-card entrant Julian Reister ousted No. 5-seeded Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-3 in just more than an hour. Reister lost 11 points in his nine games serving. Lukas Rosol advanced by eliminating eighth-seeded Victor Troicki 5-7, 7-3, 6-4.

Sixth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber didn't lose his serve after the first set of a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 decision over Bjorn Phau and Florian Mayer, the seventh seed, edged past Horacio Zeballos 7-6 (9-7), 7-5.

Also Tuesday, Fabio Fognini defeated Marsel Ilhan 7-5, 6-2; Jeremy Chardy beat Albert Montanes 6-4, 6-2; Albert Ramos romped over Pablo Andujar 6-1, 6-4; and Tommy Haas, another wild card, rolled past Martin Klizan 6-2, 6-1.

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