Antonio Veic upsets Tobias Kamke to enter the main draw – Sony Ericsson Open 2012

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Antonio Veic upsets Tobias Kamke to enter the main draw – Sony Ericsson Open 2012
Croatian rising star, Antonio Veic, stomped over the second seed, Tobias Kamke, in straight sets at the qualifying competition of the Sony Ericsson Open 2012 on Tuesday. He penned down a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the 25-year-old to
book a spot in the main draw at this hard court tournament taking place in Miami, Florida.
The world number 166 got the better of the higher ranked, Kamke, in one hour and 27 minutes. He registered overall poor stats but broke Kamke’s serve five times to earn the glory and advance into the main draw.
Veic nervously entered the Tennis Center at Crandon Park and lost his opening serve to go 2-0 down. Regardless of making an epic comeback and striking out the following four games in a row, he lost his serve again in the eighth
game to level the scores at 4-4. However, the Croat remained focused and capitalised on another break opportunity in the ninth game to pull out the opener with a 6-4 win.
The 24-year-old raised the level of his game in the following set and after the German held his serve in the opening game, Veic unleashed barrage of groundstrokes to go on a five-game rampage. He then held his serve once more and
sealed the set by winning six games to two.
Overall, the Zagreb resident clobbered a slightly lower first serve share of 56 per cent as opposed to Kamke’s 58 per cent but impressively availed 23 out of 34 points on it. Veic also spectacularly warded off five out of seven
breakpoints he came across and ended the match with 69 points.
Next up for the Croat is the local wild card entrant, Denis Kudla, in the opening round at this ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Masters 1000 event.
America’s Rajeev Ram also earned the victory after upsetting the fourth seed, Matthias Bachinger, in straight sets. He smoothly plucked entire serves without facing any hindrance and capitalised on three out of four break chances
to seal the deal with a 6-2, 6-4 score line.
He will next face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain in the first round.  



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