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Oswald moves to second round in Austria

July 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM   |   Comments

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KITZBUHEL, Austria, July 24 (UPI) -- Philipp Oswald on Tuesday became the only Austrian to reach the second round of the Bet-at-Home Cup tennis tournament in Austria.

Oswald, a qualifier into the main draw, defeated Daniel Brands 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in a first-round match by converting on 3-of-4 break-point chances over the last two sets.

Brands eked the first-set win but Oswald dropped just five points on serve in the second set and seven in the third for his first ATP win of the year.

Seventh-seeded Ernests Gulbis controlled the third set for a 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 decision over Andreas Haider-Maurer, Oswald's countryman. Gulbis won more than 60 percent of the points in the third set.

Two other Austrian players, wild-card entrants like Haider-Maurer, lost first-round matches Monday.

Qualifier Pavol Cervenak beat Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 4-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 and Simone Bolelli got past Horacio Zeballos 7-5, 7-5. Also Rogerio Dutra Silva was up 4-1 in the first set when Jan Hajek retired.

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