Moya v Massu at ATP Buenos Aires

Posted on February 15, 2006

No. 5 seed and former No. 1 Carlos Moya struggled against an unlikely opponent Tuesday at the ATP claycourt stop in Buenos Aires, edging Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-4 to set up a meeting with former B.A. winner Nicolas Massu.

"It was a very difficult match," Moya said. "He was a rival I didn't know and hadn't played before."

Other seeded winners were (4) Jose Acasuso (d. Montanes), (6) Filippo Volandri (d. Vicente) and (8) Juan Ignacio Chela (d. Horna who retired after the first set with injury), while (7) Florent Serra was bageled in the first set en route to a loss to Argentine Agustin Calleri.

Other un-seeds into the second round were Spaniards Al Martin (d. countryman (Q) Portas) and lucky loser Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (d. (Q) Prodon from a set down), Argentine qualifier Martin Vassallo Arguello (d. Mello), the Chilean Massu (d. Daniel 6-1 in the third), and Brazil's Flavio Saretta (d. Fraile in three after a bagel in the first).

Gustavo Kuerten pulled from the draw Tuesday with a weak ankle.

"I twisted it two or three weeks ago, before the Vina del Mar Open," Kuerten said. "I was also suffering from a pain in my waist but when I was getting over that, my ankle twisted and made me miss this excellent tournament....I'd love to have a calm year, with no more injuries to worry about. I've got plenty of plans for this year and I don't want to affect them with a minor injury."

Working Wednesday on the dirt at Buenos Aires are A.Martin vs. Pashanski, Behrend vs. (6) Volandri, (LL) Ramirez Hidalgo vs. (2) Coria, (5) Moya vs. Massu, and Marin vs. Sabau.