(Reuters) - Second seed Diego Schwartzman recovered from a mid-match blip to beat Norwegian teenager Casper Ruud 6-4 2-6 6-2 in the opening round of the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg on Monday.
The 25-year-old Argentine, who reached the French Open quarter-finals last month, saved four break points in the final game to claim his 18th clay court match win of the season.
Schwartzman will take the result as a confidence booster having lost four of his previous five matches on Tour.
He will next face German qualifier Daniel Masur, who recorded his first Tour-level victory of the season by defeating Maximilian Marterer 6-3 6-4.
Defending champion Leonardo Mayer looked impressive as he raced past Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-2 in 83 minutes.
Fourth seed Damir Dzumhur, ranked 24th, struggled with his serve and was broken four times in a shock 6-2 6-4 defeat by Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik.
It was Kovalik’s highest-ranked win since he overcame then world number six Marin Cilic at Chennai in January last year.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge