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Rosset sees off sixth seed, Lapentti

Switzerland's Marc Rosset has beaten Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti in the first round of the German Open. The win was an unexpected boost for Rosset, with his opponent ranked sixth at the Hamburg tournament.

Rosset needed a tie-break to win the first set but then took full advantage of his lead with a relatively comfortable second set (6-3). Tuesday's play saw a number of seeded players going out, amongst them Patrick Rafter, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Dominik Hrbaty.

Rosset will be Switzerland's sole representative in the second round. His compatriot, Roger Federer, was on the wrong side of an upset on Monday, when he was knocked out by the Romanian qualifier, Andrej Pavel.

Rosset's opponent in the second round will be the Zimbabwean doubles specialist, Byron Black. It will be their third encounter, both men having won one match each.

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