Verdasco victimises Capdeville to advance in Pilot Pen
NEW HAVEN: World No. 10 Fernando Verdasco steamrolled over Chile's Paul Capdeville 6-0, 6-3 in just 49 minutes in the second round of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament on Tuesday.
The Spaniard broke Capdeville's serve five times from 11 opportunities and surrendered just three points on his first serve to ease to victory in the men's and ladies hardcourt tournament.
It was the pair's first meeting since the 2005 US Open, when Verdasco also won in straight sets.
Top seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko also got through by beating American Robert Kendrick 7-6 (12-10), 6-3.
On the women's side of the draw, defending women's champ Caroline Wozniacki advanced to the second round and former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo reached the quarter-finals Tuesday.
Davydenko, who won here in 2006, faces Frenchman Fabrice Santoro in the next round.
Meanwhile, seventh-seeded Igor Andreev of Russia hammered American Kevin Kim 6-3, 6-1 and eighth-seeded Romanian Victor Hanescu beat Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-7 (8-10), 6-3.
German Bjorn Phau posted a modest upset by defeating ninth-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 and Portuguese qualifier Frederico Gil toppled German Philipp Petzschner 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (10/8), 6-3. German Andreas Beck, who was seeded 13, also lost.
In other action involving seeds, No. 11 Austrian Jurgen Melzer, No. 14 Russian Igor Kunitsyn and No. 15 Santoro won their matches.
One other second-round result saw Argentine Leonardo Mayer stop Belgian lucky-loser Olivier Rochus 6-0, 6-4.
Wozniacki, the No. 2 seed, eased into the next round with a dominating 6-0, 6-0 rout of Romanian Edina Gallovits in a match that took just 43 minutes.
The Dane beat Russian Anna Chakvetadze in last year's final here.
The eighth-seeded Mauresmo bashed Ukrainian Alona Bondarenko 6-1, 6-1 in second-round play. The two-time major champion Mauresmo finished second in 2005.
Mauresmo was joined in the quarter-finals by the 2008 New Haven runner-up Chakvetadze, who outlasted Austrian Sybille Bammer in three sets.