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By James Waterson                                     Photo Credit: Paul Zimmer/MercedesCup
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, 20, celebrates during a match at the 2011 MercedesCup in Stuttgart. Photo Credit: Paul Zimmer/MercedesCup
(July 19, 2011) Not even two weeks ago, 20-year-old Cedrik-Marcel Stebe had never won a match on the ATP tour.

Now he has three.

At the MercedesCup in Stuttgart last week, he took down Nikolay Davydenko, a former top 10 player, and then he beat French Open quarterfinalist Fabio Fognini before losing to Pablo Andujar in the quarterfinals.

Now you can add one more name to that list: former World No. 1 and 2003 French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Stebe, ranked at a career-high No. 168, dismissed Ferrero, the man who won the Stuttgart title Sunday, 6-3, 6-2 at the German Tennis Championships in Hamburg Tuesday.

The 20 year old lost only 17 points on his serve and one service game in the match, which is an impressive accomplishment considering how well Ferrero returned last week.

With today’s win, Stebe set up a rematch against Davydenko in the second round.

Two other German players, 90th-ranked Tobias Kamke and World No. 155 Julian Reister, replayed their success from yesterday by scoring two more upsets.

Kamke dismissed seventh-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela 6-1, 6-4, and Reister beat 14th-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (5), 6-2. Yesterday, Kamke beat 72nd-ranked Pere Riba of Spain and Reister beat Denis Istomin.

Another German, 43rd-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber, disrupted Andrey Golubev’s bid to defend his Hamburg title by defeating him 7-5, 6-3. Golubev, ranked No. 46, is now on a six match losing streak.

Meanwhile, Gilles Simon, Mikhail Youzhny and Fognini advanced to the third round with straight-set wins.

 

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