Reynolds poses no threat to top-seeded Nalbandian at Stockholm Open

Updated: October 7, 2008, 5:26 PM ET
Associated Press

STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Top-seeded David Nalbandian cruised past American Bobby Reynolds 6-1, 6-1 on Tuesday and advanced to the second round of the Stockholm Open.

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The seventh-ranked Nalbandian will face 26-year-old Joachim Johansson, a former top-10 player who briefly retired because of a shoulder injury. He beat Nicolas Mahut of France 7-5, 7-6 (5) in his first match since last year's Open.

"To play in front of the family, the Sodertalje fans and everyone else ... it is totally unbeatable," Johansson told news agency TT. "I did not feel my shoulder at all."

Second-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia overcame a slow start to beat Olivier Rochus of Belgium 7-6 (6), 6-2. He will face Steve Darcis of Belgium, who ousted countryman Christophe Rochus 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Jonas Bjorkman, who plans to retire after this season, played his last singles match on home soil when he fell to sixth-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-2, 6-4.

The 36-year-old Bjorkman, who has won six singles and 52 doubles titles, received a standing ovation as he left the Royal Tennis Hall.

"It wasn't exactly the way I had imagined my last game, since things felt really good during training. But Monaco is good, he moves well," Bjorkman said. "It was not just the fact that I did a bad game, he made me bad too."

Fifth-seeded Rainer Schuettler of Germany easily ousted Chris Guccione of Australia 6-0, 6-3 and will next meet Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador.

Sixth-seeded Jose Acasuso of Argentina, who beat Germany's Matthias Bachinger 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-6 (4), will play Oscar Hernandez of Spain. Hernandez defeated Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3.


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