Karlovic, Davydenko advance in Metz; Reix in shock victory

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Some of the first round matches at the Moselle Open 2012 in Metz have already been completed.

As expected, the match between big men Ivo Karlovic and Kenny de Schepper was serve dominant.  No break points were taken of the total nine available in this match for either player meaning the match was settled in the tiebreaks. It would be the experienced Croatian who would come out on top, holding his nerve at the pressure moments. Karlovic was never behind after taking the first point on his serve in the first tie break and would eventually win it 7-5 after earning the all important mini-break at 6-4. It would be much of the same in the second set as an mini-break on point one helped Karlovic move into a 3-0 lead quickly and would go on to secure the tiebreak and a 7-6(5) 7-6(3) victory. Karlovic faces a tough second round match against Marcel Granollers who has a bye in the first round.

Nikolay Davydenko came from a set down to move into the next round here against Mischa Zverev. It looked like the decision to play in France rather than his home country of Russia this week would be one he would regret as an awful first set saw him go 5-0 down and face a break point for a bagel. He would hold and break the German to add an air of respectability to the set score but would make his move in set 2. After looking strong on serve in the first, Zverev would be much more vulnerable and was broken three times on his way to losing the set. He did have chances to break back at *3-5 down but would be unable to do so, then gifted his serve over to allow Davydenko to serve first in the decider. The Russian would take advantage and was always in control late. A break to love for *5-1 gave Davydenko two chances to serve for the match – the first one would not be taken but a simple love hold would do the trick next time round for a 2-6 6-3 6-3 victory.

Qualifier Clement Reix pulled off a huge shock to earn a meeting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, defeating fellow Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin in three sets, 6-3 3-6 7-5. This was the first win for Reix on the main tour, who has a losing record at Futures level this year. A solitary break in each set would be enough to settle the match, Reix taking the first with a break in the fourth game. He would face four break points later on in the set but would hold on. Serve was massively dominant in the second as only one game would go to 30 – this would be the vital eighth game of the set which Vasselin would break in and would go on to win the set. There would be no break points in the final set until 5-5 when Reix went 0-40 and looked doomed. He managed to pull of an astonishing hold and the failure to break would haunt his opponent, who dropped his serve and with it the match to seal an impressive victory for Reix.

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