Third-seeded Robredo upset by Capdeville
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Paul Capdeville of Chile rallied to upset third-seeded Tommy Robredo 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships on Monday.
It marked the second straight week that Robredo, ranked 14th in the world, has lost in the first round of an ATP Tour event. Mark Philippoussis, entered as a wild card, beat him last week in San Jose.
For Capdeville, 22, it represented the biggest win of his career.
"When I started the match I felt so nervous," said Capdeville, a qualifier ranked No. 127. "I didn't feel so good."
But he settled down after he began serving more into Robredo's body, forcing difficult returns.
Eighth-seeded Xavier Malisse also advanced on Monday, beating Germany's Bjorn Phau, 6-1, 6-4.
Top-seeded Andy Roddick plays his opening-round match Tuesday. Unseeded teenager Andy Murray of Great Britain, who won last week's tournament at San Jose, plays his first match Wednesday.
In women's play, No. 5 seed Samantha Stosur was upset by Ashley Harkleroad, 6-4, 6-3.
No. 2 seed Anna-Lena Groenfeld advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Yoon Jeong Cho, No. 4 Laura Granville beat Meghann Shaughnessy 6-3, 6-4 and No. 7 Amy Frazier defeated Meilen Tu 6-2, 6-1.
Harkleroad, 20, formerly ranked in top 40 in the world, is returning to the WTA Tour this year after spending most of last year on ITF Women's Circuit, a minor pro tennis circuit.
"I took some time off and I grew up," she said. "I got some perspective on my life. I realized I can't worry about people's expectations, I've just got to go out and do my best."
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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