Germany were forced to forfeit a Davis Cup singles rubber through injury on Sunday having already won their World Group match against Spain.
Daniel Brands booked a date with top seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he sent a second home player to a first-round defeat on Tuesday at the Austrian Open.
Roger Federer`s worrying slump continued Thursday when he was knocked out of the Swiss Open by world number 55 Daniel Brands in another shattering blow just a month out from the US Open.
Roger Federer struggled in his first match since his Wimbledon humiliation when he had to come back from a set down to defeat Germany`s Daniel Brands.
Defending champion Maria Sharapova needed only 54 minutes to advance to the second round beating Hsieh Su-wei 6-2, 6-1. The No. 2-seeded Sharapova just lost eight points in eight service games.
German wild card Daniel Brands stunned top seed Gilles Simon of France, beating the world number seven 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to advance to the third round of the German Open in Hamburg.
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Showbiz World - December 26, 2014