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Third-seeded Robredo upset by Capdeville

2/20/2006 - Tennis

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."