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Malisse, Rochus cause upsets, reach Auckland second round

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The Canadian Press
1/7/2013 3:13:12 AM
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AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Belgian veterans Olivier Rochus and Xavier Malisse both beat higher-ranked opponents on Monday to advance to the second round of the Heineken Open.

Rochus, who reached the Auckland final for the second time last year but needed a wild card to enter the main draw on his current singles ranking of 89, outlasted 51st-ranked Albert Ramos of Spain 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

The 30-year-old Belgian's victory in a match which lasted 2 hours, 14 minutes, improved his record in singles in Auckland to 14-7.

Earlier, 32-year-old Malisse, ranked 62, beat seventh seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia, ranked 30, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4.

Eighth-seeded Thomasz Bellucci of Brazil stopped a Belgian clean sweep by beating David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Olivier Rochus (Photo: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Photo: OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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