Almagro knocked out

BUENOS AIRES: Third-seeded Nicolas Almagro has been knocked out in the first round of the Copa Telmex, losing to fellow Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Gimeno-Traver won 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-3 on Monday in the outdoor clay-court event at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club. In another first-round match, seventh-seeded Victor Hanescu of Romania defeated Eduardo Schwank of Argentina, 6-3, 7-5. Argentine David Nalbandian won the first set against Potito Starace 6-2 before play was suspended due to rain. Spaniard David Ferrer is the top-seeded player in the event and fellow Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero is second-seeded.