Dominic Thiem opens bet-at-home campaign on winning note

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Hamburg, Germany (4E Sports) – World No. 55 Dominic Thiem converted five of 16 break point chances en route to a 7-5, 6-0 win over Jiri Vesely Monday in the first round of the bet-at-home Open.

The 20-year-old Thiem defeated Vesely in just 83 minutes, returning to his winning ways after failing to win a match during the grass-court swing.

“The second set was very good, because it was a tough match against a good friend,” said Thiem, who will next face eighth seed Marcel Granollers.

Dusan Lajovic dismissed Kenny De Schepper 6-3, 6-2 in 62 minutes for his 12th win of the season while German wild card Tobias Kamke recorded his first win in four attempts over Jarkko Nieminen, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, to advance against 13th seed Federico Delbonis.

Benoit Paire set a second-round clash with 11th seed Santiago Giraldo as he edged Andrey Golubev, 1-6, 6-1, 7-6(4), in one hour and 45 minutes.

Mikhail Kukushkin beat Marsel Ilhan, 6-2, 6-2, to advance against top seed David Ferrer while qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver will take on third seed Tommy Robredo in the next round after defeating Teymuraz Gabashvili, 6-2, 6-3.

Home favorite and seventh seed Philipp Kohlschreiber will open his campaign against Portuguese qualifier Gastao Elias, who beat Albert Montanes 6-4, 6-3 in 74 minutes.

On the women’s side, Grace Min eliminated second seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-0, 6-4, in the first round of the Swedish Open.

In other matches, Chanelle Scheepers cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Mariana Duque-Marino, Jana Cepelova ousted wild card Rebecca Peterson, 6-4, 6-4, while Lara Arruabarrena was ahead, 6-1, 4-2, when Irina Camelia-Begu retired.

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