Upsets abound on Valencia Open second day

The top seeds in action on day two of the Valencia Open had contrasting results on Tuesday with some advancing as expected and others being dumped out in the opening round.

Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene was the first score an upset as beat French eighth seed Jeremy Chardy to book his place in round two.

Bedene fought back from a set down to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in just 96 minutes and will next face Vasek Pospisil.

Portugal’s Joao Sousa was the next to reach the second round; winning 7-6(11-9), 6-3 against Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.

The victory means he will face fifth seed Benoit Paire, who needed three sets to see his way past Slovakian qualifier Norbert Gombos.

Paire was forced to battle back after losing the first set, but eventually won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 102 minutes.

Qualifier Mischa Zverev was the victor in a protracted clash against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci that last just two minutes shy of three hours.

Zverev won 7-6(7-4), 6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-5), to set up meeting with Italian fourth seed Fabio Fognini, who sat out the first round.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios failed to live up his best performances when he lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-7(3-7) to Germany’s Daniel Brands. Brands goes on to face David Ferrer, the top seed and local favourite, who sat out the first round.

Upsets abound on Valencia Open second day

The top seed in action on day two of the Valencia Open had contrasting results on Tuesday with some advancing as expected and others being dumped out in the opening round.

Great Britain’s Aljaz Bedene was the first score an upset as beat French eighth seed Jeremy Chardy to book his place in round two.

Bedene fought back from a set down to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 in just 96 minutes and will next face Vasek Pospisil.

Portugal’s Joao Sousa was the next to reach the second round; winning 7-6(11-9), 6-3 against Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.

The victory means he will face fifth seed Benoit Paire, who needed three sets to see his way past Slovakian qualifier Norbert Gombos.

Paire was forced to battle back after losing the first set, but eventually won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 102 minutes.

Qualifier Mischa Zverev was the victor in a protracted clash against Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci that last just two minutes shy of three hours.

Zverev won 7-6(7-4), 6-7(2-7), 7-6(7-5), to set up meeting with Italian fourth seed Fabio Fognini, who sat out the first round.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios failed to live up his best performances when he lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-7(3-7) to Germany’s Daniel Brands.

Brands goes on to face David Ferrer, the top seed and local favourite, who sat out the first round.

Japan’s Taro Daniel was also forced to claw his way back into a winning position after losing the opening set of his match against fellow qualifier Michael Przysiezny.

Taro won 4-6, 7-6(7-2), 6-3 after 138 minutes, and will next face Spanish sixth seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Garcia-Lopez won 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 against compatriot Fernando Verdasco in 126 minutes.

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