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Federer rallies to win at German Championships
Roger Federer rallied to beat Daniel Brands 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday at the German Tennis Championships in his first match since his second-round loss at Wimbledon last month.
Using a bigger racket for the first time, Federer served three aces in the opening game but still lost his serve and ultimately the set to the German. The former No. 1 broke once in the second set and twice in the decider to reach the third round.
The 17-time major champion is a four-time winner in Hamburg, the city where he won his first title in 2002 to break into the top 10.
After losing at Wimbledon to Sergiy Stakhovsky - who failed to qualify for the main draw in Hamburg - Federer dropped to No. 5 in the rankings, the first time in a decade that he's been that low.
Brands, who celebrated his 26th birthday Wednesday and received a cake after the match, got few presents from the top-seeded Federer in the last two sets. However, the Swiss star needed four match points to close it out. He finished with nine aces on the clay-court surface.
Federer will play qualifier Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic, who beat 15th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.
Tommy Haas outlasted qualifier Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the third round.
Injured Barthel pulls out of Gastien
Top-seeded Mona Barthel of Germany pulled out with a shoulder injury while trailing the 725th-ranked Lisa-Maria Moser of Austria 6-2, 4-3 in the second round of the Gastein Ladies on Wednesday.
Playing in her first WTA event, Moser broke Barthel twice to take the opening set and the Austrian wildcard was a break up in the second when the 31st-ranked Barthel withdrew.
In the quarterfinals, Moser will play either Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic or Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland.
Also, No. 8 Karin Knapp of Italy advanced to the quarters after beating Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1.
In first-round play, Yvonne Meusburger routed Jasmina Tinjic of Bosnia 6-0, 6-0. The Austrian conceded just three points on her serve, including a double-fault.
Parra Santonja ousts Zakopalova from Swedish Open
Arantxa Parra Santonja of Spain reached the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open by beating third-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday.
Parra Santonja broke Zakopalova's serve five times at the clay-court tournament in Bastad on Sweden's west coast.
Virginie Razzano of France also advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Alexandra Dulgheru of Romania 3-6, 6-0, 6-4.
Second-seeded Simona Halep of Romania, who has surged in the rankings after winning three WTA titles in five weeks, easily advanced to the second round by beating Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 6-4, 6-0.