Gonzo, Dominator Win at Vienna

Posted on October 10, 2006

Fifth-seeded Fernando "Gonzo" Gonzalez overcame strong resistance from Gilles Simon of France to reach the second round of the Vienna Open on Monday with a 7-6(6), 6-4.

Gonzalez broke in the opening game but his advantage was short-lived with Simon immediately breaking back. The Frenchman then fought off a break point at 4-4 but when the set went to a tiebreak he struck his first double fault of the match to give Gonzalez the first set.

Gonzalez enjoyed an easier second set, breaking Simon in the first game and never looking back.

"It was a really tough match and he attacked really well," Gonzalez told Reuters. "He had really good groundstrokes, but I'm playing good too."

Also on Monday, Slovakia's Dominik "The Dominator" Hrbaty defeated Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-4, Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland beat Croatian qualifier and former junior standout Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-1 and Oliver Marach beat Rainer Eitzinger 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(6) in an all-Austrian battle.

Defending champion Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia is top seed with Argentina's David Nalbandian seeded second. American Andy Roddick is the No. 3 seed, and seeded fourth is Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis.

Ljubicic will face Agustin Calleri in the first round, Nalbandian will play compatriot Juan Ignacio Chela, Roddick takes on another Argentine, Jose Acasuso, and Baghdatis plays Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain.