Robredo, Nalbandian advance; Safin, Gaudio ousted

Updated: April 24, 2007, 5:59 PM ET
Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Tommy Robredo and David Nalbandian advanced to the third round of the Open Seat Godo on Tuesday, and former champions Marat Safin and Gaston Gaudio were eliminated in first-round matches.

Third-seeded Robredo beat fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-2 with five service breaks and 33 first-serve winners. Robredo next faces 15th-seeded Agustin Calleri of Argentina.

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"I was nervous about playing at home but I'm happy with the match," said Robredo, the 2004 champion and runner-up last year to Rafael Nadal.

"It's great to be back at No. 5 [in the ATP rankings] -- let's see how long it lasts. I'm not in top physical shape but my technique and mental approach are all right."

Fourth-seeded Nalbandian routed Alberto Martin of Spain 6-2, 6-0, reaching the quarterfinals for the first time this season.

Safin and Gaudio both lost in straight sets.

Safin, the 2000 champion, was surprised by Italian Simone Bolelli 6-4, 7-6 (5). Gaudio lost in 43 minutes to Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-1, 6-0.

Kristof Vliegen of Belgium defeated Davide Sanguinetti of Italy 6-2, 6-4 and will next try to end the 67-match winning streak on clay of two-time defending champion Nadal.

Carlos Moya, another past winner and No. 1, beat Marcel Granollers-Pujol of Spain 6-2, 6-4 and set up a second-round match with 1999 champ Felix Mantilla.

Guillermo Canas of Argentina, following his run to the final at Key Biscayne, opened his European clay court season with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over Max Mirnyi of Belarus.

Spain's Nicolas Almagro beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2 and lined up another Italian, Filippo Volandri.


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