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Tennis: Qualifier Basic stuns Kohlschreiber to reach Sofia quarters

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bosnian qualifier Mirza Basic, ranked 129th in the world, upset fourth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5 7-6(5) in a pulsating encounter to reach the quarter-finals of the Sofia Open on Wednesday.

The big-serving Basic was stronger on the key points than the German veteran, ranked 35, and moved brilliantly around the court during the one hour and 43 minute contest.

FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics - Tennis - Preliminary - Men's Singles First Round - Olympic Tennis Centre - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Guido Pella (ARG) of Argentina in action against Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) of Germany. REUTERS/Toby Melville. Picture Supplied by Action Images

Andreas Seppi was an easy winner, dispatching Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 6-4 to set up a meeting with world number 28 Gilles Muller in the second round on Thursday.

Top seed Stan Wawrinka, who is looking to play himself back into form after a long lay-off due to a knee injury, will open his campaign against Slovakia’s Martin Klizan on Thursday.

“He is a really dangerous player especially at this time of the year,” the 32-year-old three-times grand slam champion told a news conference. “It will be interesting to see how my knee will get that challenge.”

Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; Editing by Toby Davis

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