Posted April 23, 2012 on AP on Fox

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 21: Gilles Simon of France returns the ball during the match against Daniel Brands of Germany during day two of the International German Open at Rothenbaum Tennis Centre on July 21, 2009 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
German qualifier Daniel Brands ousted eighth-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia 7-6 (4), 6-2 at the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Tuesday for his first win of the year on the ATP Tour. In the second round, Brands will meet another qualifier, Estonia's Jurgen Zopp, who beat Romanian wild card Victor Crivoi 6-3, 6-3. Sixth-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi defeated French qualifier Guillaume Rufin 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, and Romanian wild card Marius Copil and Italy's Fabio Fognini also won. Gilles Simon of France, the 2007 and 2008 winner, is the top seed.
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