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Martin Alund opens Swedish Open with marathon win

July 8, 2013 at 12:04 PM

BASTAD, Sweden, July 8 (UPI) -- Martin Alund finished off his fourth match-point chance Monday in taking a marathon match from local favorite Markus Eriksson at the Skistar Swedish Open.

Eriksson, No. 510 in the rankings, was given a wild-card slot at the tournament in his home country and made Alund work to advance. The two played for nearly 3 1/2 hours before Alund completed a 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (10-8) win.

Alund had one more break, which gave him the first set, but won only nine more points (158-149) over the course of the match.

He was up 6-3 in the final tiebreaker but Eriksson fought off all three match points. Eriksson got to an 8-7 lead for a match point of his own but Alund won the next three points to advance.

Alund plays top-seeded Tomas Berdych, sixth in the world, in the next round. Berdych had a first-round bye.

Other main-draw matches Monday saw Carlos Berlocq defeat seventh-seeded Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 6-3 by saving all seven break points Zeballos managed and No. 5-seeded Grigor Dimitrov edge Elias Ymer 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

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