Paolo Lorenzi whipped Robin Haase, pictured, 6-2, 6-3.
Kitzbuhel, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) -
The Kitzbuhel Cup lost its sixth seed on Tuesday when two-time titlist Robin Haase exited the draw at this clay court tennis event.
Italian Paolo Lorenzi whipped the Dutch Haase 6-2, 6-3, while seventh-seeded Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen avoided an upset in his first match at this tournament in eight years by handling Russian journeyman Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-4 on the red clay at Kitzbuhel Tennis Stadium. Haase was the back-to- back champion here in 2011 and 2012, accounting for both of his career ATP titles.
Also on Day 2, Argentine Juan Monaco overcame Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 0-6, 6-2, 6-1; Belgian wild card David Goffin topped Frenchman Kenny De Schepper 6-2, 6-4; Argentine Diego Sebastian Schwartzman whipped German wild card Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-0; and Spaniard Pablo Andujar dismissed long-time Austrian crowd favorite and 2008 Kitzbuhel runner-up Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-4. The hot Andujar is fresh off his title in Gstaad, where he upended Monaco in the finale.