Canas earns first win of 2008, advances to second round

Updated: February 27, 2008, 12:34 AM ET
Associated Press

ACAPULCO, Mexico -- Guillermo Canas defeated Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-4 Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Mexican Open.

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It was the first triumph of 2008 for the fourth-seeded Canas, who was sidelined by a wrist injury. He will face another Argentine, Jose Acasuso, who earlier defeated Spain's Oscar Hernandez, 6-4, 6-0.

In other first-round matches, Peru's Luis Horna, who won in 2006 but sat out the 2007 edition due to an injury, bested Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-5.

"It's a pity I couldn't play the event last year, but now I am feeling good," said Horna.

Top-seeded David Nalbandian, the Buenos Aires champion last Sunday, beat Boris Pashanski of Serbia 6-2, 7-5.

Defending champion Juan Ignacio Chela, coming off a semifinal run in his Buenos Aires hometown last week, defeated qualifier Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 7-6 (4), 6-4 and will face 2003 Acapulco champ Agustin Calleri in the second round.

Carlos Moya, stopped in last year's final by Chela from winning his third Acapulco title, started with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Austrian Werner Eschauer and improved his Acapulco record to 22-5.

Austria's Peter Luczak defeated Argentina' Sergio Roitman 6-3, 6-4, Italy's Potito Starace defeated Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti, 6-4, 6-2 and Italian Filippo Volandri bested Czech player Ivo Minar, 6-4, 7-5.

In women's play, all the favorites advanced.

Third-seeded Czech player Klara Zakopalova defeated Spain's Maria Jose Martinez, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Italy's fifth-seeded Sara Errani defeated Germany's Tatjana Malek, 6-3, 6-3, and Estonia's Kania Kanepi (7), defeated Spain's Arantxa Parra 6-4, 6-3.

Romania's Edina Gallovits (8) defeated Mexico's Daniela Munoz 6-1, 6-0, and Czech Iveta Benezova defeated Sweden's Nadja Roma, 6-1, 6-1.


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