Posted June 11, 2012 on AP on Fox

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 05: Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany returns a shot to Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during day six of the 2009 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Philipp Kohlschreiber began the defense of his Gerry Weber Open title with a win over wild card Dustin Brown in an all-German matchup Monday. The 163rd-ranked Brown twice pushed Kohlschreiber to a tiebreaker before the eighth-seeded defending champion won 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) in 1 hour, 23 minutes. Canada's Milos Raonic was the other seeded player to play on the opening day of the grass-court tournament, playing later against last year's runner-up, Philipp Petzschner of Germany. Rafael Nadal, who won his record seventh French Open title earlier Monday, and Roger Federer both have byes to the second round.
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