Gstaad, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Federico Delbonis continued his strong
recent play, eliminating defending champ Thomaz Bellucci in the first round of
the Swiss Open on Tuesday.
Delbonis entered this week's event off a runner-up finish in Hamburg. He
stunned Roger Federer in the semifinals last weekend before falling to Fabio
Fognini in the championship match.
The 22-year-old Argentine came away with a 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) triumph over
Bellucci, who also won this tournament in 2009 in addition to last year's
title. The Brazilian was also a first-round loser last week in Hamburg.
Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut was the only seeded player in action Tuesday and
posted a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen. The eighth-
seeded Bautista Agut will next face Romania's Victor Hanescu, a 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
winner Tuesday against German qualifier Dustin Brown.
Three other Spaniards -- Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Pablo Andujar and Daniel
Gimeno-Traver -- also advanced with wins Tuesday.
Garcia-Lopez topped Romania's Adrian Ungur in three sets and will play fourth-
seeded Juan Monaco in the second round, while Andujar dropped just three games
in a rout of Romanian qualifier Victor Crivoi. Andujar will face sixth-seeded
Mikhail Youzhny in round two.
Gimeno-Traver eased past Frenchman Kenny De Schepper in straight sets to earn
a second-round date with second-seeded Swiss favorite Stanislas Wawrinka.
Also, Dutchman Robin Haase toppled Brazilian qualifier Joao Souza and will
next play third-seeded Janko Tipsarevic in the second round. Tipsarevic was
last year's runner-up to Bellucci.
Germany's Daniel Brands went the distance to knock off Swiss wild card Marco
Chiudinelli and will take on an even bigger Swiss name in the second round, as
the top-seeded Federer awaits.
Federer is playing this event for the first time since winning the title in
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