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Kamke rallies to oust James Blake at Farmers Classic


Tobias Kamke of Germany ousted James Blake of the US 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7/4) in the first round of the Farmers Classic at the Los Angeles Tennis Center on Tuesday.

Kamke’s second-round opponent is No. 6 seed Marinko Matosevic of Australia, who beat compatriot Chris Guccione 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The US’ Jesse Levine was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by countryman Michael Russell, who at 34 is the oldest player in the field. Russell is next scheduled to meet top-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire.

Nicolas Meister, making his ATP Tour debut as a qualifier, fell to No. 5 seed Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-4, 6-1. Malisse’s next opponent is Australian Matthew Ebden, who edged Germany’s Michael Berrer 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4).

Bradley Klahn, also a qualifier, lost to Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 6-4, 3-6, 6-0. Lorenzi is next scheduled to face No. 4 seed Nicolas Mahut of France.

Igor Andreev of Russia ousted Dudi Sela of Israel 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 and his second-round opponent is Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis, who upset Germany’s No. 7 seed Bjorn Phau 7-6 (10/8), 6-4.

Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands beat Steve Johnson of the US 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, setting up a match with American No. 2 seed Sam Querrey.



Ernests Gulbis of Latvia saved a match point before beating Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the first round of the Bet-at-Home Cup on Tuesday.

Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic pulled out because of dizziness while trailing Dutra Silva 4-1 in the opening set.

Simon Bolelli of Italy defeated Horacio Zeballos of Argentina 7-5, 7-5 to set up a match against second-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany.

Philipp Oswald of Austria won his first match on the ATP Tour after rallying to beat Daniel Brands of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Oswald next plays defending champion Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

Pavol Cervenak of Slovakia double-faulted 12 times, but still defeated Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 4-6, 7-6, 6-3.

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