Brands upsets Dodig in Bucharest

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.