Rosol, Odesnik are First Round Winners in Kitzbühel

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Best known for defeating Spaniard Nadal at this year’s Wimbledon, world no. 97 Lukas Rosol triumphed over Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili. The first set saw both players break each others serve twice, which eventually led to a tiebreaker. Rosol managed to squeeze out a 7-4 win and took an early lead in the second set. Winning an impressive 17 or 33 (74%) first serve points, the Czech broke his opponent an additional two times to win the match 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 in 104 minutes.

In another first round match, Wayne Odesnik of the USA defeated Brazil’s Joao Souza in three sets. Souza was the first to strike, taking the first set 7-5. He was unable to sustain his momentum, however, and Odesnik proceeded to take the next two sets in a match which included 7 breaks of serve.

Odesnik will play either 6th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Jurgen Zopp in the second round, while Rosol will play qualifier Antonio Veic who was victorious over 8th seed Kavcic Blaz.

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