Moya, Gaudio fall in first round at Brazil Open

Updated: February 12, 2007, 8:38 PM ET
Associated Press

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil -- Fourth-seeded Carlos Moya and fifth-seeded Gaston Gaudio dropped out of the Brazil Open on Monday.

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Brazil's Thiago Alves beat Moya 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, and Italy's Potito Starace eliminated Gaudio 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the clay-court event.

Gaudio, a former French Open winner, is winless on the ATP Tour since the U.S. Open, a string of six defeats. Starace, ranked 85th, had lost three first-round matches coming into the clay-court event at Costa do Sauipe.

Also Monday, Spain's Alberto Martin, last year's runner-up in Brazil, lost 6-4, 6-2 to sixth-seeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela.

Nicolas Massu, last year's champion, withdrew from the tournament last week because of a right-leg muscle injury. Peru's Luis Horna, who beat Massu in the Movistar Open final, also withdrew following his country's victory over Venezuela in the Davis Cup.

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