Rosol and Brown oust seeds in Stuttgart

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Czech Lukas Rosol, who attracted lots of atention after defeating Spaniard Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon a couple of weeks ago, entered the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart with a 6-4 7-5 win over 5th seeded Robin Haase.

Rosol showed off his big serve once again as he fired 12 aces against the Dutch on his way to victory, setting up a second round match against German Bjorn Phau, who defeated Austrian qualifier Martin Fisher 6-3 6-3.

Also through to the next round is another German Dustin Brown after overcoming former world no.3 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in three tight sets 7-5  3-6  7-6 (7).

Brown turned around the match in spectacular fashion as he managed to come back from 5-3 down in the third set, saving one matchpoint and another four break points when serving at 5-5.

The German wild card holder will play Frenchman Benoit Paire next, who eliminated Argetine lucky loser Eduardo Schwank in straight sets 7-6 (5)  6-4.

In other first round matches,  Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil defeated German wild card holder Robin Kern 7-6 (3)  6-2, Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez dismissed fellow countryman Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo 6-2  6-3 and Slovakian qualifier Pavol Cervenak booked his place in the second round after ousting Ukrainian Sergey Stakhovsky  6-4  4-6  6-1.

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