Hamburg, Germany (Sports Network) - Four-time champion Roger Federer,
long-time German crowd favorite Tommy Haas and last year's titlist Juan
Monaco were among Thursday's third-round winners at the $1.44 million German
Open Tennis Championships.
The top-seeded former world No. 1 Federer handled Czech Jan Hajek 6-4, 6-3
on the red clay at Am Rothenbaum.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer fell to No. 5 in the latest world
rankings and is using a new racquet with a larger head size this week.
Meanwhile, last year's Hamburg runner-up to the Argentine Monaco, the second-
seeded Haas, cooled off last week's Bastad, Sweden, titlist Carlos Berlocq of
Argentina 6-2, 6-4 and a fifth-seeded Monaco got past ninth-seeded Frenchman
Benoit Paire 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
Third-seeded Nicolas Almagro whipped fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
6-2, 6-3, while 14th-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco upset 6-foot-8 fourth-
seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz 7-5, 4-0, as Janowicz retired with a right arm
injury. Verdasco was last week's Bastad runner-up to Berlocq.
Other third-round play saw hot 12th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini dismiss
Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-4 and Argentine Federico Delbonis erase
Russian veteran Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 6-3. Fognini nailed down his maiden ATP
championship last week in Stuttgart.
The 2013 Hamburg titlist will earn $328,000.
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