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Stepanek, Monfils advance to BMW Open second round

April 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM
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MUNICH, Germany, April 30 (UPI) -- Radek Stepanek and Gael Monfils came away with first-round upset wins Tuesday at the BMW Open tennis tournament in Germany.

Stepanek ousted seventh-seeded Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 5-7, 6-4. Stepanek ended up with five breaks, with three coming in the third set.

Monfils was on the court less than an hour in dispatching No. 8-seeded Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-3. Monfils had 15 aces and was good on more than 70 percent of his first serves. He dropped 11 points on serve.

Sixth-seeded Florian Mayer barely escaped an upset, getting past Lukasz Kubot 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 7-5. He fought off four break points in the third set before getting the late break that allowed him to reach the second round.

But No. 5-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov rolled over Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-2. He didn't lose his serve despite landing just 44 percent of his first serves.

Also Tuesday, Grega Zemlja beat John Millman 6-2, 6-2; qualifier Evgeny Korolev edged past Marcos Baghdatis 7-5, 7-6 (7-3); Viktor Troicki defeated Matthias Bachinger 6-3, 6-2; and Ernests Gulbis eliminated Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-2.

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