ATP Thailand Open: Lukas Rosol returning to form after Lukasz Kubot win

Last Updated: 24/09/13 12:01pm

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Lukas Rosol: Suffered eight successive first round defeats earlier in 2013

Lukas Rosol: Suffered eight successive first round defeats earlier in 2013

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Lukas Rosol maintained his good recent form with a three-set win over Lukasz Kubot at the Thailand Open on Tuesday.

The eighth seed fired down 16 aces as his saw off his Polish opponent 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) as he continues his resurgence after the dramatic dip that followed his maiden ATP tour tile in April.

The 6ft 5" Czech had to work hard to beat Wimbledon quarter-finalist Kubot and admitted he was slightly fortunate to progress to the next round in Bangkok.

"The third set was not easy," said Rosol. "He was playing tough, aggressive tennis. I was lucky to win it, but I'm really glad I did. It's great to be in the second round."

Rosol revealed that he lost all self-belief during his barren run that saw him slum to eight consecutive first round exits after his Bucharest victory earlier in the year, but feels the tide may finally be turning for him.

"I had so many bad matches and zero confidence. But I've been putting in a lot of hard work and maybe things are starting to change. I feel like I'm coming back," said the world No 46, who reached the quarter-finals in St Petersburg last week.

"Everyone is practising so hard, there are no easy matches."

Elsewhere, Slovak Lukas Lacko moved into the second round by beating Colombia's Alejandro Falla 6-3 6-2.

It was more bad news for Colombia when Japan's Go Soeda defeated Santiago Giraldo 3-6 6-1 6-2.

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