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Sijsling opens with upset in Rotterdam

Feb. 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM   |   Comments

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ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Igor Sijsling edged third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Monday's first-round play of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in the Netherlands.

Sijsling came away a 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-4 winner with just one break but it decided the third set and the match. Tsonga pounded out 14 aces -- against no double faults -- but only finished off one of his eight break opportunities.

Both players won 68 percent of their points on serve and Sijsling had the slightest -- 104-103 -- edge in total points. He had a biggest advantage, however, in the third set when he dropped just seven points on serve.

Victor Hanescu and Nikolay Davydenko also advanced with upsets. Hanescu was a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 winner over No. 7-seeded Jerzy Janowicz by finishing off the only break of the second set. Davydenko eliminated eighth-seeded Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2 by converting five of his six break chances. Davydenko won nearly 60 percent of the points off Mayer's serve.

No. 5 Gilles Simon was the only seeded player to advance Monday, getting past Daniel Brands 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. Simon dropped his serve twice but still won 70 percent of the points on serve.

Also Monday, Martin Klizan defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, Matteo Viola ousted Marcel Granollers 5-7, 6-3, 6-1; and Grigor Dimitrov beat Bernard Tomic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

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