Australian qualifier Greg Jones produced the largest upset in the first round of the Heineken Open on Tuesday when he beat sixth seeded Austrian Jurgen Melzer 7-6 (7), 6-2.
The 23-year-old Jones, whose ranking slumped from 187 to 373 during 2012, posted his first ever win in an ATP Tour match at the expense of the 29th-ranked Melzer.
Tall, rangy and powerful, Jones matched the 31-year-old Melzer shot for shot in the first set, which went into a tiebreak without a break of serve on either side. In the breaker, he came from 6-4 down to win it 9-7 then, growing in confidence, claimed the second set in 30 minutes.
Another qualifier to win was Igor Sijsling, who beat Dutch compatriot Robin Haase 3-6 6-3 7-5.
Jones, who won three matches in qualifying, attributed his strong start to 2013 to hard work during the recent off-season.
''It's a pretty good feeling,'' he said. ''I had a pretty rough year last year which my ranking shows.
''I trained really hard in Melbourne with a couple o...