Coria, Gaudio ousted in first round of Movistar Open

Updated: January 29, 2008, 12:49 AM ET
Associated Press

VINA DEL MAR, Chile -- Former champion Guillermo Coria, competing in his first ATP-level match since the 2006 U.S. Open, lost to Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Monday in the first round of the Movistar Open.

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Gaston Gaudio, the 2006 champion, lost to Santiago Ventura 6-3, 6-0. Juan Pablo Brzezicki upset sixth-seeded Oscar Hernandez 7-6 (4), 6-1, and Sergio Roitman rallied to beat No. 8 Nicolas Massu of Chile 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Coria, who won the first of his nine titles in 2001, quit the tour after struggling with his serve and confidence. He was sidelined with an injured right shoulder until the end of last year, when he played in two challenger tournaments. He has a protected ranking of 105, good for nine months or eight tournaments.

Still, Coria said he was satisfied with his play Monday and that he's not thinking of retiring.

"I have never thought of retirement," Coria said. "While I had lost my wish of playing, I can tell you now that I feel in good rhythm and that I'm confident that in my next tournament, I will do my very best to win."

"I played very few tournaments last year and that of course takes its toll, but now I feel more confident and little by little I'm recovering my physical condition," he said.

Fellow Argentine Gaudio hasn't won an ATP-level match since last May at the French Open. He is considering retirement.

"Things are not working as I wish, I can't understand what's going on," Gaudio said. "These are not good times for me and with these results. I'm thinking more about quitting than going on.

"I've been like this for about a year now, I did not feel well on the court."

Gaudio, ranked No. 183, needed a wild-card entry. He said he won't make a decision on retirement until next month.


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