BRISBANE (Agencies) - Germany's Benjamin Becker upset third-seeded Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-3 Tuesday in the first round of the Brisbane International Fourth-seeded Mardy Fish also advanced with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarin of France in just over an hour. "It's always good to get a win under your belt ... it's not every day you beat a top 10 player," Becker said. "I had a good game plan and it worked well today." Becker, ranked 53rd, raced through the first set in 30 minutes, with Verdasco failing to hold serve until the sixth game. The 27-year-old Spaniard, the 2009 Brisbane runner-up, recovered a break in the second set and levelled the match by winning the tiebreaker but dropped his opening service game in the third set and Becker didn't let him back into the match. Top-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden served an ace to close a 6-2, 6-4 win over American qualifier Ryan Harrison, while former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis rallied from a set down to beat Frenchman Florent Serra 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Radek Stepanek, the 2009 champion and runner-up here last year, beat Germany's Tobias Kamke 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, while South African Kevin Anderson beat Australia's Peter Luczak 6-4, 6-4 and veteran Frenchman Amaud Clement went down in straight sets to Richard Berankis of Lithuania. Czech Lucia Safarova reached the women's quarterfinals for the third straight year when she beat second-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 in 2 1/2 hours. The former Australian Open quarterfinalist is the girlfriend of 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych. "Of course people ask me about Tomas, but so far it (Berdych's success) is motivating me to do better and to try to reach a better level of tennis," Safarova said. Russian No. 5 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also won her second round match, beating Serbian Bojana Jovanovski 6-2, 7-5. In women's first-round matches, Italy's Roberta Vinci had a 6-2, 7-6 (2) win over American Christina Mchale, a late replacement for Fed Cup champion Flavia Pennetta, who withdrew due to sickness.