Two-time Swiss Open champion Thomaz Bellucci ousted seventh-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Geneva Open on Monday.
Bellucci, a left-hander from Brazil, carried over the form which saw him push Novak Djokovic to three sets at the Italian Open last week.
After wasting a 5-2 lead in the first set, 60th-ranked Bellucci held serve the rest of the way on his favored clay-court surface.
Mikhail Youzhny, who followed Bellucci as champion at Gstaad in 2013, beat Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/5), for just his sixth tour win this year.
Andrey Kuznetsov, beat fifth-seeded Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2, 6-4, while sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal defeated his near-namesake Joao Souza of Brazil 7-5, 6-3.
Sousa next plays Austrian Jurgen Melzer, who beat Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina 6-2, 6-3. Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain beat Marinko Matosevic of Australia 7-6 (7/2), 6-2.
The Geneva Open is debuting on the ATP tour after replacing an event in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland has a bye into the second round.
Second-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, the US Open champion, was to play in the featured match yesterday against 17-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev, last year’s French Open junior singles winner.
Indian police are investigating an alleged betting scandal in which a sham cricket tournament was held in an Indian village and passed off as a Twenty20 contest played in Sri Lanka. Players portrayed as Sri Lankan cricketers played two matches on Monday last week that were broadcast with live commentary on YouTube, media reports said, along with ball-by-ball coverage on top Indian sports Web sites. The organizers hung Sri Lankan advertisements at the ground for added authenticity and put up tents to block the view from outside the remote rural venue, set in farmland next to a busy highway. Police said that they
Taipower on Sunday charged to their third straight win and took over first place in the Taiwan Football Premier League as previous leaders Taichung Futuro suffered their first defeat of the season, while Hang Yuan rallied from two goals down to complete a thrilling 3-2 victory over National Taiwan University of Sport (NTUS). Heading into the 10th round of matches, unbeaten Taichung Futuro led the league with 21 points, but they fell to their first defeat of the season, a 1-0 loss to Tatung at the National Stadium in Kaohsiung. In a match in which both defenses were on top and there
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