Brands beats Haider-Maurer in 1st round in Vienna

Daniel Brands, of Germany, returns a shot to Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

VIENNA (AP) -- Daniel Brands of Germany beat Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4, 7-6 (5) despite the Austrian serving 16 aces in the first round of the Erste Bank Open on Tuesday.

The 57th-ranked Brands managed one break in the opening set against the 2010 finalist and held serve throughout to set up a second-round match against top-seeded former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Also, Michael Russell of the United States failed to convert any of his 13 break points in a 6-4, 6-4 loss to qualifier Mirza Basic of Bosnia-Herzegovina; Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium had 10 aces in the win against Jan Hajek of Czech Republic 6-2, 6-0; and Robin Haase of the Netherlands, who earned both his career titles in Austria, rallied past Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.