Underdog topples seventh seed Klizan

07:23, Jan 07 2013
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Benjamin Becker from Germany returns a shot in his match with Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic.
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Lukas Rosol on his way to losing his match with Benjamin Becker in straight sets.
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A high gust of wind created a little havoc for the first umpire on court this morning.
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Benjamin Becker lines up a serve on his way to winning his match with Lukas Rosol earlier today.
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Igor Sijsling of Netherlands plays a backhand in his first round match against compatriot Matwe Middelkoop.
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Matwe Middelkoop of Netherlands serves in his first round match against Igor Sijsling.
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Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil plays a forehand during his first round match against David Goffin of Belgium.
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David Goffin was spirited early in his match against Thomasz Bellucci before falling away to a straight sets loss.
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Xavier Malisse of Belgium returns a shot in his match with Martin Klizan of Slovakia.
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Martin Klizan of Slovakia fires a return during his match with Xavier Malisse today.
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Xavier Malisse showed great composure to claim an upset win in round one over seventh seed Martin Klizan.
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Australian Greg Jones receives medical attention during his qualifying match against Victor Hanescu of Romania on day one.
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Martin Kilzan, Slovakia, plays a backhand during his first round match against Belgian Xavier Malisse on day one.
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Greg Jones of Australia serves in his qualifying match against Victor Hanescu of Romania on day one.
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The artwork on the left leg of the Czech Republic's Lukas Rosol as he walks back to his chair during his match against Benjamin Becker of Germany on day one.
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Igor Sijsling moves into the second round after beating fellow Dutchman Robin Haase.
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Greg Jones powered past Jurgen Melzer in the first round of the Heineken Open, beating the sixth seed 7-6(7) 6-2.
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Dan King-Turner in action during his first round loss.
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Gael Monfils entertained the fans during his win in three sets over Benjamin Becker.
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Colombia's Santiago Giraldo during day 3 of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
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Xavier Malisse during day three of the 2013 ATP Heineken Tennis Open.
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Olivier Rochus on day three of the Heineken Open New Zealand.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber on his way to victory on day three of the Heineken Open.
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Germany's Tommy Hass in training on day three.
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Gael Monfils plays a shot between his legs during his straight sets win over Australian Greg Jones.
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Tommy Haas was in blistering form in during his win over Igor Sijsling.
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David Ferrer hits a forehand during his three-set win over Lu Yen-Hsun.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during day four of the Heineken Open New Zealand Quarter finals.
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Belgium's Xavier Malisse in action on centre court in the quarter finals of the Heineken Open.
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Sam Querrey on day four of the Heineken Open.
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Gel Monfils beat Tommy Haas to progress to the semifinals.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany reacts as he wins the first semi final on day five of the Heineken Open.
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Sam Querrey from the US stretches to return a ball from Philipp Kohlschreiber.
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Philipp Kohlschreiber from Gemany on his way to winning the first semi final.
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David Ferrer celebrates his win against Gael Monfils.
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David Ferrer beat Gael Monfils 6-1 6-2 in the second semi fianl of the Heineken Open.
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David Ferrer on his way to winning the Heineken Tennis Open.
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David Ferrer reacts to winning the Heineken Tennis Open for a record equaling forth time.

Underdog Belgian Xavier Malisse got one back for his countrymen, outlasting seventh seed Martin Klizan in a three-set upset today.

In the second match on a blustery opening day of the Heineken Open, Malisse survived a spirited fightback from Klizan, Slovakia’s top ranked player, to hang tough and claim a 7-6 (5) 3-6 6-3 victory on centre court.

World No.30 Klizan - 2012 newcomer of the year - was favoured to advance to tomorrow’s second round.

The 23-year-old launched a strong comeback after dropping the first set, winning five games in a row to force a third set, but then dropped his bundle, once more.

Fourteen-year journeyman Malisse showed greater composure and temperament in the conditions to take the final set and close out the match in just over two hours.

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After looking odds on, miniature Belgian ace David Goffin blew a chance to oust eighth seed Thomaz Bellucci, crashing out in straight sets today.

The pint-sized, baby-faced Goffin displayed a wide array of shots in the first set as he rapidly built a 5-3 lead.

From there, it went downhill quickly for the promising 22-year-old, who had taken a set off Roger Federer at the French Open.

Bellucci coped better with the testing, blustery conditions, winning the next five games, and the first set tie breaker, to swiftly wrap up the match 7-6 (2) 6-2 in one hour 13 minutes.

Once the Brazilian, who has three singles titles, had a sniff of victory he didn’t let up. There was a ruthless streak to his booming forehand winners.

Goffin’s head slowly dropped as his early anticipation, shot making deserted him before the collapse was compete.

HEINEKEN OPEN SCHEDULE

Centre court

From 12pm

Benjamin Becker (GER) v Lukas Rosol (CZE)

David Goffin (BEL) v [8] Thomaz Bellucci (BRA)

[7] Martin Klizan (SVK) v Xavier Malisse (BEL)

[WC] Olivier Rochus (BEL) v Albert Ramos (ESP)

Not before 7pm

[5] Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Brian Baker (USA)

[1] Colin Fleming (GBR)/Bruno Soares (BRA) v [WC} Dan King-Turner/Michael Venus (NZL)

Court No 2

Jesse Levine (CAN) v Frederick Nielsen (DEN)

Court No 4

Matwe Middelkoop (NED) v Igor Sijsling (NED)

Victor Hanescu (ROM) v Greg Jones (AUS)

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