Close win Thiemo in Melbourne opener

Thiemo has reached the second qualifying round of the Australian Open on Thursday. The Dutchman defeated German Dusting Brown in a tough match: 7-6(3), 4-6, 8-6. Thiemo will meet Spaniard Javier Marti (ATP-181) in the second round. Marti defeated Harri Heliovaara from Finland in the first round.