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Rainer Schuettler won his 300th career match, defeating World No.7 Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 33 minutes to give Germany the first rubber of the tie.
This victory snapped a six-match losing streak dating back to Miami in March. The 33 year-old, improves to 6-12 for the year (1-5 for clay). Meanwhile, World No.7 Gilles Simon falls to 18-15 for the season (1-5 on clay).