Del Potro advances to second round at Austrian Open

Updated: July 15, 2008, 3:47 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Tennis scores

Need the scores from any match played in this or any other tournament? Results

"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.


Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press