Alejandro Falla overcame a slow start to beat Donald Young 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday, knocking the seventh-seeded American out of the Heinken Open in its first round.
The Colombian struggled at first in windy conditions and fell behind 4-0 in the opening set before settling into his game while Young tired and succumbed to 65 unforced errors.
Young had dominated the opening games with a strong serve and heavy forehand, allowing Falla only three points on serve in the first four games.
But Falla improved quickly, recovering to 5-4 before ultimately losing the first set, then staying unbroken in the second and third sets while Young's serving declined.
Falla's second-round opponent will be either Spain's Albert Montanes or Italy's Potito Starace. He is in the same quarter of the draw as top-seeded two-time champion David Ferrer.
''I'm very happy that I could get there. It was a very tough day to play because it was very windy,'' the 74th-ranked Fa...