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By Ajay Tyagi
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Top seed James Blake and Second seed Mardy Fish were eliminated from the US Men’s Clay Court Championship as they both suffered first round defeat on Tuesday.
Bjorn Phau of Germany caused the first upset of the day as he rallied past second seed Mardy Fish 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in the afternoon.
Phau said “At the beginning, I didn’t feel as well but I started to feel better by the third set. I tried to get into a rhythm and I think I got it.”
No 1 seed James Blake was ousted by Argentine Guillermo Canas 6-4, 6-4 in the evening session.
After the match, a disappointed Blake said “At times I beat myself out there. I made too many errors. He kind of forces you into that the way he plays defense. It’s no excuse for some errors, especially the ones I made at key times. If you expect to win matches you have to put that around big points.”
Former Champion Tommy Haas of Germany defeated fellow countryman Denis Gremelmayr 6-3, 6-3 to advance into the second round. He will next meet defending champion Marcel Granollers, who prevailed against Argentine Brian Dabul 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Lleyton Hewitt, former No 1,took only 65 minutes to breezed past seventh seed Argentine Diego Junqueira 6-0, 6-2.
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