Seppi wins opener in Paris, Kohlschreiber and Bellucci out

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Andreas Seppi, Kevin Anderson and Jerzy Janowicz win opening matches at Paris Masters 2012.

An easy job for South African Anderson in first round as he progressed without giving away a serve in the clash with Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil. He overcame a single break point threat in the opening game of the match, but bossed Belluci around from then on. He broke him two times in a row for the first set victory. In the set two Anderson doubled his one break lead by 5-1 and tucked away the match with his first match point one game later. The score: 6-2, 6-1.

The recent Moscow conqueror Italian Seppi played a close and exciting match against Slovak Martin Klizan. He dominated the opener, got a hold of a two break cushion and served it out straight away. It was getting bad to worse for the Slovak as he dropped a service game early in the second set, but he bounced back in style with a triple break and made it one set a piece. In the decider Klizan extended his run to five games, acquireda 3-0 lead and was serving for the set at 5-3. However, it was time for the Italian’s comebacks – he achieved a re-break, found himself two mini-breaks down in the all-deciding thirteenth game, yet he succeeded to cross the finish line first. Seppi converted his first match point to wrap up the encounter with a 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (5) triumph.

Nineteenth-seeded German Philip Kohlschreiber was certainly not counting on an early Paris Masters exit, yet he was dismissed in two sets by Polish player Jerzy Janowicz, placed fifty spots lower than him on ATP rankings. The German averted a break point in the opening game of the match, which was the only serious upset before the first set tie-break. The breaker was tight as well with Janowicz being the more focused one in crucial moments. The Pole held his service games smoothly in the second set too and managed to break Kohlschreiber as the latter was serving to stay in the match – a deserved 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory for Janowicz.

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