Qualifiers Run Wild at ATP Stuttgart

Posted on July 18, 2006

Argentine qualifier Diego Junqueira won a career-first ATP-level match, beating Rotterdam finalist Christophe Rochus 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(5) at the Mercedes Cup on Monday.

Junqueira was particularly strong on first service delivery (81%), hitting three aces for victory in two hours and four minutes. Rochus won 102 points to 96 for his opponent.

Junqueira, winner of one ATP Challenger circuit title in Florianapolis title in February, is currently ranked No. 162 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings.

The 25-year-old will next play No. 14 seed and this season's Buenos Aires finalist Filippo Volandri in the second round.

Former World No. 6 (November 22, 1999) Nicolas Lapentti defeated German wild card Sebastien Rieschick 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 for a first ATP-level win since Roland Garros in May.

Lapentti, now ranked No. 140 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, broke 20-year-old Rieschick on six of seven occasions for victory in one hour and 46 minutes.

The Ecuadorian will take on seventh-seeded Florent Serra in the next round. Serra captured his second career ATP title in Adelaide at the start of the year.

Other qualifiers to win on day one, included American Hugo Armando and Diego Hartfield of Argentina.

Armando beat German wild card Dieter Kindlmann 6-4, 6-3 and Hartfield edged out Rob Vik 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 for a place in the second round.

Florian Mayer won his first match in Stuttgart at his third visit ousting fellow German and wild card Andreas Beck 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The Auckland, Delray Beach and Halle quarterfinalist will now play No. 9 seed Gilles Simon.

Spanish 32-year-old Albert Portas won his sixth ATP-level match of the season when he beat Brazilian Flavio Saretta 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in two hours and 21 minutes for a meeting with No. 13 seed Luis Horna.

Portas beat Saretta in their only previous career meeting at Scottsdale in 2002.
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