Malisse beaten by Gulbis in LA

Fifth seed Xavier Malisse bowed out of the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles as he slipped to a 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7/5) loss against Ernests Gulbis.

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The talented Latvian was characteristically erratic, looking off his game in the first set before finding his rhythm in the second to storm through for a creditable victory.

There were no such woes for eighth seed Igor Kunitsyn, who beat Fernando Gonzalez of Chile in straight sets, 6-4 6-3.

Former world number two Tommy Haas suffered a 6-3 6-2 defeat to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, a player currently ranked at 57, over 500 places above the German.

James Blake gave the home fans something to cheer with a 6-2 6-3 win over Michael Berrer of Germany, while Luxembourg's Gilles Muller beat another American, wildcard Steve Johnson, 2-6 6-3 6-4 to set up a second-round match with top seed Mardy Fish.

Elsewhere there were wins for Ryan Harrison, Alex Bogomolov Jr, Alejandro Falla and Daniel Kosakowski.



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