Chennai Open: Matthias Bachinger upsets seventh-seed Yen-Hsun Lu
Last Updated: January 1, 2013 8:58pm
Matthias Bachinger: Upset seventh-seed Yen-Hsun Lu in the Chennai Open
Matthias Bachinger upset seventh seed Yen-Hsun Lu to move into the second round of the Chennai Open on Tuesday.
The German won 6-4 3-6 6-4 in just over two hours, despite a spirited fightback by his opponent from Taiwan.
Bachinger got the vital break in the 10th game to go a set up before Lu secured an early break in the fourth game of the second set to level the match. In the decider, the underdog broke in the fifth game and held to go up 4-2, allowing him to serve out for the victory.
He said: "I'm happy as it has been a good start and since he has been playing good in Asia. The playing conditions here are a bit tough. I usually practice in Europe where it's cold while it's humid here."
In further first round action, German qualifier Cedrik-Marcel Stebe beat 68th-ranked Dutchman Igor Sijsling 6-4 6-4.
Prakash Amritraj, son of former Indian Davis Cup player Vijay Amritraj, continued his form from the qualifying tournament by rallying from a set down to beat Frenchman Guillaume Rufin 6-7 6-2 6-3, setting up a clash with the eighth-seeded Go Soeda of Japan.
Fellow Indian player Somdev Devvarman eased past Jan Hajek 6-3 6-3 to set up a second-round meeting with top seed Tomas Berdych, one of four players to get first-round byes.
Fifth-seed Benoit Paire of France beat Italy's Flavio Cipolla 6-3 6-4, while Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain defeated Slovakian Blaz Kavcic 7-6 6-2. Israel's Dudi Sela and Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky also advanced to the last 16.