Gulbis survives massive scare

2012-07-24 20:39
Ernests Gulbis (File)

Kitzbuehel, Austria - Ernests Gulbis of Latvia saved a match point before beating Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the first round of the Bet-at-Home Cup on Tuesday.

The seventh-seeded Gulbis was 5-2 down in the second set before winning 11 of the next 12 games. He hit an ace to hold off the Austrian's match point at 5-4.

Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic, who reached the semi-finals at the Swedish Open this month, pulled out because of dizziness while trailing Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil 4-1 in the opening set.

Philipp Oswald of Austria won his first match on the ATP tour after rallying to beat Daniel Brands of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Oswald next plays defending champion Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

Pavol Cervenak of Slovakia double-faulted 12 times but still defeated Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3.

Results from the second day of the ATP tour event in Kitzbuehel on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):

First round

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) bt Jan Hajek (CZE) 4-1 ret'd
Pavol Cervenak (SVK) bt Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 6-3
Philipp Oswald (AUT) bt Daniel Brands (GER) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Ernests Gulbis (LAT x7) bt Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
Simone Bolelli (ITA) bt Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 7-5, 7-5

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