Melzer's long wait over as he sets up Thiem tussle


Jurgen Melzer recorded his first ATP World Tour victory in almost a year by defeating Taro Daniel in the opening round of the Generali Open.

In front of his home crowd on Tuesday, Melzer prevailed 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to book a second-round meeting with Dominic Thiem, the top seed at this ATP 250 clay-court event in Kitzbuhel.

Melzer, runner-up at this tournament in 2008, had missed nine months after undergoing shoulder surgery in November.

"It was a real pleasure playing on Centre Court today," said Melzer. "I had a good start, but got a bit tired in the first set. In the second set, I changed my tactics and was trying to move a bit faster towards the net.

"I am the real underdog tomorrow against Dominic, but of course I will try to keep up with him. But I can't see any weakness when it comes to Dominic playing on outdoor clay."

And it was a good day for the Melzer family after Jurgen's younger brother Gerald also won through, 5-7 7-5 6-4 against 2011 losing finalist Albert Montanes.

Elsewhere, at the Swiss Open Gstaad, fifth seed Guido Pella was a surprise loser, going out despite having two match points against Konstantin Kravchuk, who advanced 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (9-7).

Meanwhile, at the Croatia Open in Umag, Nicolas Almagro - seeded fifth for the tournament - lost out 6-2 5-7 7-5 to Damir Dzumhur but there were no such problems for sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta, a 6-4 6-4 victor over Andreas Seppi.