Vliegen, Ginepri advance

Madrid, October 18:

Kristof Vliegen came back in the final set to beat seventh-ranked James Blake 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) on Wednesday in the second round of the Madrid Masters.

Blake, who had won his last two tournaments, led 3-1 in the final set but had 16 unforced errors and only 12 winners. The loss snapped Blake’s 14-match winning streak and left him winless in three visits to the Madrid Masters.

Robby Ginepri advanced after beating 12th-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5). Ginepri will face seventh-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain on Thursday. Also, Fernando Gonzalez converted his only break point in the final set to beat Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-4. No 13 Tommy Haas also won, beating Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 6-3, 7-6 (6).

On Tuesday, top-ranked Roger Federer won his first indoor tournament match in almost a year, while fourth-ranked David Nalbandian rallied to reach the third.

Federer had 28 winners and broke Nicolas Massu three times for the 6-3, 6-2 win. Nalbandian trailed French qualifier Julien Benneteau 5-2 in the final set before rallying with two crucial breaks for the 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-5 win.

Former winner Marat Safin capitalized on 15 unforced errors by Jose Acasuso for a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-3 win. The 2004 champion had five aces to beat the Argentine for the first time in three meetings. Safin advanced to face ninth-ranked Marcos Baghdatis, while Nalbandian will play wild-card Tim Henman, who beat Spaniard David Ferrer.

Sixth-seeded Andy Roddick and No 7 Tommy Robredo also moved into the third round. Roddick defeated Sebastien Grosjean 6-4, 7-6 (3) for an eighth straight time.

Robredo twice came from behind to beat Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3). Chela served for each set at 6-5, but the eighth-ranked Spaniard broke him both times to force the tiebreakers.

Among first-round matches, Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia advanced after Gael Monfils retired with a season-ending ankle injury while leading 6-3, 2-2.