Mathieu Wins, Bracciali Takes Root at ATP Amersfoort

Posted on July 18, 2006

Second-seeded Paul-Henri Mathieu was the first player to book a spot in the second round of the Dutch Tennis Open in Amersfoort when the he breezed past Italy's Alessio Di Mauro 6-0, 6-3 in one hour and 16 minutes.

Mathieu, who is currently No.33 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, had a five-match losing streak coming into Amersfoort. After a solid showing in front of his home crowd in Roland Garros, where he reached the third round before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal, Mathieu went 0-3 in the grass court events and also lost in the first round in Gstaad last week.

Juan Antonio Marin defeated Davide Sanguinetti 6-2, 7-5 to also move into the second round. This is the first time since Acapulco that the Costa Rica native won an ATP-level match. He holds a 4-9 record in 2006.

Seventh-seeded Daniele Bracciali overcame wild card Igor Sijsling 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-4 to post his 25th career win. The 28-year-old Italian, who broke into the Top 100 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings on August 1st, 2005, won his career first ATP title in Casablanca this year.

Also advancing to the second round were Edgardo Massa and Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo. Massa defeated Ivo Minar 6-4, 6-3 to notch his career fourth ATP-level match win, while Ramirez-Hidalgo edged Carlos Berlocq 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3.
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