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By Akshay Kohli
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Eight seeded German Tommy Haas, rallied past Russian Igor Andreev 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to move into the second round at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. Haas broke the Andreev serve 4 times in the match as he cruised the second and the third set after first set glitch.
Haas is making his fourth appearance at this tournament, but the first after a span of 11 years. He reached the final in 1999, and lost to Magnus Norman despite leading 2 sets to 0 of then a best-of-five match. “I’m excited to be back,” said Murray. “My family is here. My daughter gets to see me play a little bit even though she won’t realize the fact that I’m actually out there playing. It’s good. I had a tough opponent today, Igor Andreev, who’s on his way back from injuries as well. I’m really happy about the fact that I got a victory over him on clay.”
Fellow German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe joined Haas in the second round, causing an upset after beating seventh-seeded Pole Lukasz Kubot 6-2, 0-6, 6-3. Stebe really struggled to find form in the second set as he received a bagel from Kubot, but responded strongly in the third. “In the second set, I started a bit nervous,” admitted Stebe, who is looking forward to his next match against former champion Jeremy Chardy. “I just have to focus on my game. I just have to be calm, don’t be nervous and it should work out fine.
Chardy, who won his only ATP World Tour title here in 2009, humbled German qualifier Julian Reister 6-2, 6-4. “I feel very well on the court,” said the Frenchman. “I was confident. I played very aggressive. I started very well in the match, I made a break in the first game, and after that I was more relaxed and I put pressure on him. It was a good success for me.”
Lukas Rosol, the stole the limelight at Wimbledon when he ousted World No.2 Rafael Nadal in the second round, defeated fifth-seeded Dutchman Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5, firing 12 aces and breaking the Haase serve twice. The 26-year-old Rosol, who improved to a 14-14 match record on the season, next faces Germany’s Bjorn Phau, who beat Austrian qualifier Martin Fischer 6-3, 6-3.
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