Vliegen beats former champ Gaudio in first round of Swiss Open
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Guadio won the Swiss Open in 2005. The Argentine, once a top-10 player, is now ranked No. 103 and his record this year is 6-13.
The loss marked Gaudio's earliest exit in seven appearances in Gstaad. Beside the '05 title, he was also once a runner-up and twice a semifinalist.
On Monday, Gaudio had momentum when he won the second-set tiebreaker, but an hour rain delay allowed Vliegen to refocus. Vliegen lost to Gaudio in this event the same round in straight sets four years ago.
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