Defending champion Haase wins opener in Kitzbuehel - NBC Sports

Defending champion Haase wins opener in Kitzbuehel
July 30, 2013, 8:50 am

KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) Two-time champion Robin Haase started his title defense by defeating Guillaume Rufin of France 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the bet-at-home Cup on Tuesday.

The 68th-ranked Dutchman finished with 10 aces.

Haase, who won the event in 2011 and `12 and reached his third career final in Gstaad last weekend, will next play Daniel Brands. The German beat fifth-seeded Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-2.

Also, Victor Hanescu of Romania defeated Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia 6-2, 6-1, and Jan Hajek of Czech Republic beat Aldin Setkic of Bosnia 6-2, 6-1.

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