Ferrero, Coria Barely Survive Openers at ATP Buenos Aires

Posted on February 14, 2006

Veteran players received a rude greeting Monday at the ATP claycourt stop in Buenos Aires, with both former No. 1 and French Open champ Juan Carlos Ferrero and Roland Garros runner-up Guillermo Coria barely surviving into the second round.

The No. 3-seeded Ferrero escaped 6-4 in the third against 17-year-old Argenine phenom Juan Martin Del Potro, while the No. 2 Coria edged Czech Jiri Vanek 7-6 in the third.

"To come back from 3-0 down in the third set feels great," Coria said. "The crowd really supported me and I played my all. Vanek is an excellent player, very solid, and he was very difficult but I managed to prevail."

Other winners into the second round Monday were Serb Boris Pashanski (d. (WC) Brzezicki in three), Italian Potito Starace (d. Monaco), and Germany's Tomas Behrend (d. Berlocq).

Also into the main draw after the last round of qualifying were Prodon (FRA), Portas (ESP), Vassallo Arguello (ARG), and Fognini (ITA).

Top seed David Nalbandian withdrew from the event Monday with an abdominal injury.

"Unfortunately the injury has just not healed," Nalbandian said. "I felt it during the Davis Cup match, particularly in the doubles. It is a pity not to be able to play in the tournament, even more so as it is in my home country, but I am just not fit enough."

On tap for Tuesday on the red dirt are Vicente vs. (6) Volandri, Calleri vs. (7) Serra, (8) Chela vs. Horna, (5) Moya vs. (Q) Fognini, (4) Acasuso vs. Montanes, (Q) Portas vs. A.Martin in an all-ESP, Daniel vs. Massu, (WC) Kuerten vs. Saretta in an all-Brazilian match-up, (LL) Ramirez Hidalgo vs. (Q) Prodon, and (Q) Vassallo Arguello vs. Mello.