Five first-round matches were completed at the Bet-at-Home Cup in Kitzbühel, Austria on Tuesday. The opening match featured Hungarian qualifier Attila Balazs against Austrian wildcard Martin Fischer. Both players struggled to maintain their momentum, with Balazs taking the first set 6-3, only to lose the second 1-6. The third set went to a tiebreaker, and in a match which contained 13 double faults, the qualifier won the tiebreaker and the match at 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2).
The following match carried a very contrasting storyline. 8th seed Blaz Kavcic was up against Antonio Veic. Kavcic struggled early on, hitting just 27% of his first serves in the opening set. An eager Veic pounced on his opponent’s weakness to score two break points and take the first set 6-1. Kavcic managed to improve his serve later in the second set, but by this time it was too little, too late. His opponent again seized the opportunity and broke the 8th seed two additional times to win the match 6-1, 6-2 in just 67 minutes.
6th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez suffered a similar fate at the hands of his opponent Jurgen Zopp of Estonia. The world no. 80 played consistently against Garcia-Lopez, who like Kavcic, struggled to win points on his first serve. Zopp broke the Garcia-Lopez serve twice in the first set and four times in the second set to secure his place in the second round with a score of 6-1, 6-3.
Other first round winners include the 5th seeded Martin Klizan, who defeated Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-1, 3-6, 7-5 and Filippo Volandri, who beat his countryman Alessandro Giannessi 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.
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