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Grand Prix Hassan II
Singles - First Round: (Q) L Ouahab def. (6) R Haase 6-3
This means that three of the four seeds involved in first round matches have lost -- and, in this case, to a guy who has been invisible at the ATP level for years.
Singles - First Round: (7) A Ramos def. P Riba 6-2 6-3
This is, frankly, one of those events where so little is likely to happen that we don't have much choice except to go to our player database and start looking at results and see if they show anything interesting. So: Albert Ramos has now won his opener at six straight events -- after losing his opener at five of his six events before that. Talk about blowing hot and cold!
Singles - First Round: J Chardy def. (Q) F Delbonis 6-4 7-5
Jeremy Chardy breaks a three match losing streak.
Singles - First Round: V Hanescu def. M Jaziri 6-2 3-0, retired
This was the first time ever that Malek Jaziri had direct entry into an event -- he had either been a wildcard or a qualifier before. A sad way to celebrate his first direct entry.
Singles - First Round: P Mathieu def. (WC) M Ziadi 6-3 6-1
A lucky draw for Paul-Henri Mathieu, but still, the win should take him to #360 or higher.
Singles - First Round: (Q) S Gutierrez-Ferrol def. R Machado 6-2 6-1
Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol had only 52 points coming in. He has increased his point total by more than half!
Singles - First Round: P Starace def. (Q) R Bautista-Agut 6-4 7-5
Potito Starace's ranking has been sinking this year, but it looks as if the clay might be reviving him. The drawback is, if he does well here, then he misses Monte Carlo qualifying....
Singles - First Round: M Bachinger def. F Volandri 6-3 3-6 6-3
Bad news for Filippo Volandri, who really can't afford to lose chances to earn points on clay!
Singles - First Round: F Cipolla def. (WC) Y Idmbarek 6-1 2-6 6-1
This is actually a pretty credible result for Yassine Idmbarek, who came in ranked #1064 with just six points!
Doubles - First Round: Brown/Hanley def. (1) Cermak/Polasek 7-6(7-3) 6-3
Cermak/Polasek like clay, so this is a pretty shocking result.
Doubles - First Round: (4) Bracciali/Fognini def. Mertinak/Sa 3-6 7-6(7-1) 10-4 (Match TB)
Doubles - First Round: Dolgopolov/Jaziri def. Andujar/Garcia-Lopez 7-6(7-5) 7-6(8-6)
Not often that you see a guy retire from singles and then win his doubles match!
Doubles - First Round: Marray/J Murray def. Montanes/Ramos 6-7(3-7) 6-2 10-3 (Match TB)