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Two-time champion Bellucci progresses, Gilles Simon exits in Gstaad

Two-time champion Bellucci progresses, Gilles Simon exits in Gstaad

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by Andre Terry

Tennis: The two-time champion Thomaz Bellucci has progressed into the second round of the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad after securing a straight sets victory over qualifier Gerald Melzer.

26-year-old Bellucci, who has won only 3 ATP titles in career since turning pro in 2005, had won his career's first ATP title as a qualifier here in Gstaad after beating Andreas Beck in the final.

Three years later he returned and won the title in Gstaad again after beating Janko Tipsarevic in the final. He has not won any ATP title since then. Former World No.6 Gilles Simon, who was making his first appearance here in Gstaad, had to retire in the second set against Spain's Pablo Andujar.

The sixth seed, Simon has lost the first set 6-2 and was 3-2 down in the second set when he decided to retire because of the illness.

Seventh seed Robin Haase battled to a 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 victory over Aleksandr Nedovyesov. The Dutchman converted three of his six break points to prevail in one hour and 51 minutes. The 27 year old finished runner-up at this ATP World Tour 250 clay-court tournament last year.

Top seed and defending champion Mikhail Youzhny will open his campaign against Kenny de Schepper after the Frenchman beat Filippo Volandri 6-3, 7-6(3) in 75 minutes. World No. 110 De Schepper claimed his first victory since early June at The Queen’s Club, breaking a run of four successive first-round exits.

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