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Brands, Dodig win in BMW Open upsets

May 3, 2013 at 1:07 PM
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MUNICH, Germany, May 3 (UPI) -- Daniel Brands and Ivan Dodig posted upsets Friday, knocking top seeds Janko Tipsarevic and Alexandr Dolgopolov out of the BMW Open tennis tournament in Germany.

Brands ousted No. 1-seeded Tipsarevic 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 while Dodig, who earlier eliminated second-seeded Marin Cilic, was a 6-4, 6-4 winner over No. 5-seeded Dolgopolov in quarterfinal play.

Dodig had two first-set breaks and converted his only break opportunity of the second set to advance. It was his second straight-set victory this year over Dolgopolov, who is 33 spots higher in the rankings.

Brands' win over Tipsarevic was powered by a nine-ace attack. Brands lost 17 points in 15 games serving and saw just two break points in the match.

No. 3 Tommy Haas ran by sixth-seeded Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-1 in 58 minutes, winning 74 percent of the points on serve. Fourth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber stopped Viktor Troicki 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) by converting his only break chance of the match and saving 10 break points from Troicki.

Kohlschreiber goes against Brands in Saturday's semifinals. Kohlschreiber beat Bands 6-4, 6-4 in their only meeting, which came in the BMW Open first round in 2010.

Haas is 1-0 versus Dodig.

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