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Mayer Reaches Hamburg Second Round

Germany's Florian Mayer got his campaign on home soil off to a successful start, beating Marco Cecchinato 7-5, 6-2 in the German Tennis Championships 2017 first round on Monday. The 33 year old awaits the winner of the match between second seed Pablo Cuevas and Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

Fourth seed Gilles Simon opened his quest for a second title in Hamburg, beating local wild card Maximilian Marterer 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and three minutes. Seemingly in control for last parts of the match, Simon trailed 0-2 in the deciding set, but worked his way back to gain the crucial break in the seventh game. Simon last lifted a trophy – the 12th of his career – in February 2015 at the Open 13 Marseille and now awaits the winner of the match between Philipp Kohlschreiber and Andrey Rublev, last week’s Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag titlist.

Florian Mayer (in photo) and Gilles Simon celebrate wins on Day 1 of the German Tennis Championships 2017 in Hamburg
Fifth seed Benoit Paire struck 11 aces and lost just three of his first service points (17/20) to sweep past former World No. 20 Dmitry Tursunov 6-3, 6-2 in 53 minutes. He will next challenge 2012 runner-up, Tommy Haas, who made his hometown tournament debut in 1997, or Nicolas Kicker in the second round.

Sixth seed Diego Schwartzman recorded his first victory in three visits to the Rothenbaum by losing 11 of his service points in beating Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2, 6-3 in 76 minutes. He’ll next meet qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, who was a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Damir Dzumhur.

Jan-Lennard Struff advanced to the second round after the German handily defeated Evgeny Donskoy 6-3, 6-4. Horacio Zeballos also advanced to the second round with a 7-6(2), 6-4 win over German wild card Daniel Altmaier.

In doubles, Rogerio Dutra Silva and Ramos-Vinolas teamed to defeat home hopes Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-4 in 84 minutes.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/simon-schwartzman-hamburg-2017-Monday

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