Vienna, Austria (4E Sports) – Daniel Brands ousted home favorite Andreas Haider-Maurer, 6-4, 7-6(5), in the opening round of the Erste Bank Open Tuesday.
With the victory, Brands earned a second-round date with top seed and ATP World Tour Finals contender Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Qualifier Mirza Basic recorded his second ATP World Tour main draw win as he defeated Michael Russell, 6-3, 6-4. The 22-year-old Basic, who hails from Bosnia and Herzegovina, set a clash with eighth seed Lukas Rosol.
Robin Haase finished strongly to beat qualifier Ilija Bozoljac, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, in one hour and 45 minutes.
Austrian wild card Dominic Thiem battled past Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to reach the second round against either sixth seed Gael Monfils or Marinko Matosevic.
Jack Sock opened his If Stockholm Open campaign with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-2 in just 59 minutes.
The 21-year-old Sock, who converted five of his nine break point opportunities, and will next play top seed David Ferrer, who is making his first appearance at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament since 2006.
Fifth seed Ernests Gulbis fired 15 aces and saved 10 of 12 break points he faced en route to a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3) win over Jeremy Chardy.
Former world No. 9 Joachim Johansson, who came out of retirement recently, extended his impressive comeback to the ATP World Tour with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Alejandro Falla.
Johansson goes on to face second seed Canadian Milos Raonic for a place in the quarterfinals.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez set up a second-round date with third seed Jerzy Janowicz after beating qualifier Nils Langer, 7-6(5), 6-3 while Jan-Lennard Struff cruised past qualifier Milos Sekulic, 6-3, 6-0 in 53 minutes.
In Moscow, Mikhail Kukushkin hit six aces en route to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Alex Bogomolov Jr. He will next challenge fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov.
World No. 267 Evgeny Korolev recorded just his third tour-level win of the season as he defeated Marcos Baghdatis, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, in one hour and 46 minutes. He goes on to face top seed Richard Gasquet.
Dudi Sela defeated Aslan Karatsev 6-4, 6-3 to reach the second round while Andrey Golubev defeated Oleksandr Nedovyesov, 6-2, 7-5 to set a second-round meeting with sixth seed Horacio Zeballos.
Paolo Lorenzi will play fellow Italian and second seed Andreas Seppi in the second round after coming past another compatriot, Filippo Volandri. Lorenzi was leading Volandri, 3-6, 7-5, 4-1 when his opponent retired due to a right quad strain.
On the women’s side, sixth seed Carla Suarez-Navarro downed Vera Dushevina, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to the next round.
Other winners were Dominika Cibulkova, Elena Vesnina, Sofia Arvidsson, Daniela Hantuchova, Klara Zakopalova and Magdalena Rybarikova.
Meanwhile, Sloane Stephens got off to a winning start at the Luxembourg Open, beating Timea Bacsinszky, 6-3, 6-3. Next up for Stephens is Yvonne Meusburger, who defeated Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-4, 6-2.
Other winners were Katarzyna Piter, Caroline Wozniacki, Karolina Pliskova, Stefanie Voegele and Su-Wei Hsieh.