Vliegen beats former champ Gaudio in first round of Swiss Open

Updated: July 9, 2007, 4:49 PM ET
Associated Press

GSTAAD, Switzerland -- Belgium's Kristof Vliegen sent struggling Gaston Gaudio to another loss Monday, beating the 2004 French Open champion 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the opening round of the 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.

Fourth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, a semifinalist last year, defeated Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) in the only other completed match before rain ended play.


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