ATP Barcelona Open: Dominic Thiem dumps out Radek Stepanek

Last Updated: 22/04/14 8:13am

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Dominic Thiem: The young Austrian upset Radek Stepanek in Barcelona

Dominic Thiem: The young Austrian upset Radek Stepanek in Barcelona

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Young Austrian hope Dominic Thiem sent experienced Radek Stepanek crashing out of the Barcelona Open first round with a straight sets victory on Monday.

Thiem, who only turned professional in 2012, beat former world No 8 Stepanek 6-4 6-4 and the 20-year-old qualifier now faces a winnable second-round tie against Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

Teymuraz Gabashvili will play world No 5 David Ferrer in the second round after beating Michal Przysiezny 6-3 6-4.

Ferrer, who defeated Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo last week, is seeded second in the draw behind the world No 1 and eight-time champion on the Barcelona clay.

Nadal will be up against either Albert Ramos or former world No 3 Nikolay Davydenko, who play on Tuesday.

Fresh from beating Andy Murray in the Davis Cup, Fabio Fognini will face Santiago Giraldo, who progressed to the second round after a 6-4 6-2 victory over Igor Sijsling.

The Italian is seeded third in the draw and could meet Nadal in the semi-finals.

Tommy Robredo is in Ferrer's half and could set up an attractive tie against Marian Cilic in the next round should he overcome Marinko Matosevic, who beat Joao Sousa 6-3 6-2.

Cilic, meanwhile, will need to beat Andrey Kuznetsov, who came from a set down to see off Pablo Carreno Busta 2-6 6-1 6-2.

Whoever comes through that section could face fourth seed Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals.

Nishikori will begin his challenge against Roberto Bautista Agut, who eased past Lukasz Kubot 6-1 6-0.

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