Moya, Gaudio fall in first round at Brazil Open

2/12/2007 - Tennis

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

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.