Scare for Simon

  • Last Updated: July 16 2012, 21:34 BST

Defending champion Gilles Simon suffered a scare in the first round of the German Open in Hamburg as he was pushed to the limit by Argentina's Carlos Berlocq.

Gilles Simon: Survived scare

Second seed Simon dropped the first set against Berlocq and had to squeeze through a tight second set tie-break before recovering to win 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-1.

Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko also faced a battle before dispatching Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 5-7 6-4 6-0 in a match lasting two minutes under two hours.

Dutchman Robin Haase saw off Germany's Matthias Bachinger 6-4 6-2 while qualifiers Federico Delbonis and Daniel Munoz-De La Nava saw off Tommy Robredo and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo respectively.