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Wild card Brands shocks Gilles Simon in Hamburg

REUTERS , BERLIN

Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan serves to Eduardo Schwank of Argentina during the Indianapolis Tennis Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Tuesday.

PHOTO: AFP

German wild card Daniel Brands stunned top seed Gilles Simon of France, beating the world No. 7 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the third round of the German Open in Hamburg on Tuesday.

World No. 16 Tommy Robredo, seeded fourth, also suffered an early exit at the hands of Spanish compatriot Ivan Navarro, ranked No. 103, losing 7-5, 7-6.

Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas came from a break down in the first set to sweep past ninth-seed Juergen Melzer from Austria 7-6, 6-3 while Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, seeded fifth, lost 6-2, 6-4 to Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

French 13th-seed Paul-Henri Mathieu was lucky to escape against No. 145 Pere Riba of Spain, battling his way through three sets to win 6-1, 2-6, 7-6.

Serb Viktor Troicki, seeded 10th, also had to battle hard — for two hours and 40 minutes — until breaking the resistance of Russian Teimuraz Gabashvilli 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

■INDIANAPOLIS

AFP, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA

Fragile Russian top seed Dmitry Tursunov received an unexpected confidence boost on Tuesday as Michael Berrer made 16 double faults in a 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 loss at the ATP Indianapolis Championships.

Surprising second seed Dudi Sela continued his recent red-hot pace as the Israeli sent home American veteran Vince Spadea 7-5, 6-1.

Russian Igor Kunitsyn, a member of the defeated Russian Davis Cup side, was another unlikely seed who shined, defeating of Argentine Brian Dabul 6-4, 6-1.

German fifth seed Benjamin Becker stopped Go Soeda, a Japanese qualifier, 6-2, 6-3.

Two American journeyman booked spots in the second round. Qualifier Jesse Levine beat Thai Danai Udomchoke 6-1, 7-6 (12/10) while Alex Bogomolov stopped Italy’s Flavio Cipolla 6-2, 6-3 to next face Sela.

Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun came out fighting but lost in the end to Eduardo Schwank of Argentina 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

■SLOVENIA OPEN

AP, PORTOROZ, SLOVENIA

Second-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain was ousted by Vesna Manasieva 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 in the first round of the Slovenia Open on Tuesday.

The No. 141 came through qualifying for only the second time this year — after Wimbledon — for her first win on the main tour since last September. Medina Garrigues was ranked 20th. Also advancing was Russian Ksenia Pervak, who overcame Julia Georges of Germany 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 and fourth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy easily beat Nastja Kolar of Slovenia 6-2, 6-0.

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