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Falla outlasts Cipolla in first round of SAP Open

Updated: February 13, 2013, 9:20 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Alejandro Falla overcame a slow start and then almost blew a big lead before outlasting Flavio Cipolla 7-6 (1), 7-6 (10) on Wednesday in the first round of the SAP Open.

After falling into a 4-1 deficit in the first set, the Colombian rolled off four straight games and blew away Cipolla in the tiebreaker. Falla took a 5-2 lead in the second and held off the Italian in a topsy-turvy tiebreaker to end a grueling 2-hour, 35-minute match on the indoor hard court.

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