Defending champion Gilles Simon battled back from a set down to progress to the second round of the German Open in Hamburg on Monday (16th July).
Frenchman Gilles Simon took on Argentina's Carlos Berlocq in the first round of the German Open on Monday (16th July).
The defending champion was given a real test as Berlocq won the first set 6-4, when Simon sent an angled drop wide.
The second set went to a tie-break and a powerful forehand at the net sealed it for Simon.
Simon took command in the deciding set and won it 6-1 to seal his passage to the next round in two hours and fifty-two minutes.
Dutchman Robin Haase eased into the next round, he won the first set 6-4 against German Matthias Bachinger with an ace.
Haase's big serving proved too much for Bachinger and he won the second set 6-2.
Nikolay Davydenko ended a four-match losing streak, which begun with a semi-final exit in May in Nice, after victory over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.
The Finn won the first set 7-5 but Davydenko, a German Open winner in 2009, fought back and took the second set 6-4.
The Russian lost just one point on serve in the decisive third set and eased to a 6-0 win, to complete the match in one hour and fifty-eight minutes.
Opening round from HamburgTuesday, July 17 2012