Bastad, July 11:
Spaniards Tommy Robredo and Juan Carlos Ferrero were extended to three sets in their opening-round matches at the Swedish Open on Monday.
Second-seeded Robredo rallied to beat Gilles Simon of France 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 while eighth-seeded Ferrero defeated Swedish wild card Ervin Eleskovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia beat Spainâ€™s Alberto Martin 6-4, 6-1.
In other first-round matches, Robin Soderling of Sweden ousted Boris Pashanski of Serbia 6-2, 6-3; and Oliver Marach of Austria topped Filip Prpic of Sweden 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2. Two-time French champion and defending Swedish Open champion Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament last week.
GSTAAD: Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic made a comfortable switch from grass to clay in beating Spanish Albert Portas 6-3, 7-6 (5) in his Swiss Open first-round match on Monday.
Coming off his best run at Wimbledon â€” three rounds â€” Ljubicic was satisfied with the ease of his return to clay. He broke Portas at 4-3 in the first set, and made 10 aces. Ljubicic next meets 341st ranked Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland, who beat Davide Sanguinetti of Italy 6-3, 6-2.
Also advancing were third-seeded Fernando Verdasco and sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez, both of Spain. Verdasco topped Belgian qualifier Dick Norman 6-4, 6-3, and will next meet Italyâ€™s Daniele Bracciali, who rallied to beat Brazilâ€™s Flavio Saretta 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Lopez defeated Italyâ€™s Filippo Volandri 6-4, 6-4 and now faces compatriot Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, who routed Swiss wild card Robin Roshardt 6-1, 6-4. â€” AP