This is the second shock in a row for the 17 time Grand Slam champion Federer, who also lost in round two of the ATP Hamburg last week, going out to Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.
Roger had his break point opportunities in both of today’s sets, but as he was unable to convert them, the German punished him for it. One break of serve in each of the sets provided Brands with the victory of his life.
With this win, Brands equalized the head to head against the Swiss maestro at 1-1, with Federer having beaten him in last week’s Hamburg tournament.
Also through to round three are Dutch Robin Haase, who overcame no.3 seed Janko Tipsarevic surprisingly easily 6-2 6-2 and Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, who eliminated Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5 7-6 (4).