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Del Potro advances to second round at Austrian Open

7/15/2008 - Tennis

KITZBUEHEL, Austria -- Top-seeded Andreas Seppi withdrew from the Austrian Open on Tuesday with a groin injury shortly before the start of his opening match against Nicolas Devilder of France.

"I suffer from groin problems since Wimbledon," said the 24-year-old Italian, who lost in the first round of the Swiss Open last week. "My problems got worse there. I am sorry, it simply won't work."

Seppi, ranked 34th, was to headline the tournament after the top three seeded players -- Paul-Henri Mathieu, defending champion Juan Monaco and Juan Carlos Ferrero -- all withdrew with injuries last week.

Seppi was replaced in the draw by Matthias Bachinger of Germany, who lost to Devilder 6-3, 6-3.

Devilder next plays Alexander Peya of Austria, who lost the opening set to 2003 champion Guillermo Coria 7-5 but advanced when the Argentine retired with a right shoulder injury before the start of the second set.

Second-seeded Rainer Schuettler rallied to beat Andreas Beck of Germany 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Schuettler had 10 aces but didn't manage to break Beck's serve in the first two sets.

The 39th-ranked German next plays Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic, who defeated Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 7-5, 7-5.

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain upset third-seeded Agustin Calleri of Argentina 6-4, 6-4. The 49th-ranked Calleri, who won the event in 2006, lost serve three times but saved 11 break points.

Juan Martin del Potro beat Josselin Ouanna of France 6-3, 6-3. The seventh-seeded Argentine, who won last week's Mercedes Cup for his first ATP title, was in control of the match throughout.

Victor Hanescu also advanced, rallying from a 5-3 deficit in the third set to beat Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (2).

The 26-year-old Romanian, who won his first ATP event at the Swiss Open last Sunday, trailed 2-0 in the tiebreaker before winning seven straight points to close out the match.

No. 8 Olivier Rochus was eliminated after Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic rallied to beat the Belgian 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. No. 4 Potito Starace, No. 5 Eduardo Schwank and No. 6 Jurgen Melzer all had straight-set victories.