Nadal Wins Comfortable Opener at ATP Stockholm


Posted on October 11, 2006

Top seed Rafael Nadal joined fellow Spaniard Feliciano "F-Lo" Lopez in the second round in Stockholm with a 6-4, 6-2 beat-down over Dutchman Raemon Sluiter Tuesday.  
"I feel good indoors," Nadal told ESPN.com news services. "I don't feel that rusty, I've been training really hard at home in Mallorca to prepare myself for the end of this season."

Nadal's compatriot Lopez won his first ATP-level match since the US Open at the expense of Juan Monaco's retirement early in the first set. Monaco pulled out of the match when trailing 1-2 citing a right knee injury.

Home favorite and Wimbledon semifinalist Jonas Bjorkman thrilled the locals with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Peter Wessels. Bjorkman now faces countryman Robin Soderling in the second round.

Swedish wildcard Andreas Vinciguerra, returning from a long-term injury, overcame French qualifier Nicolas Devilder 6-4, 6-1 for his first ATP win on the year.

Also, Frenchman Marc Gicquel dismissed Brit Jonathan Marray in two tight sets, 6-4, 7-6(3). Belgian Kristof Vliegen also defeated Nicolas Massu 6-2, 6-4.
Rankings
ATP - Aug 25 WTA - Aug 25
1 Novak Djokovic1 Serena Williams
2 Rafael Nadal2 Simona Halep
3 Roger Federer3 Na Li
4 Stan Wawrinka4 Petra Kvitova
5 David Ferrer5 Agnieszka Radwanska
6 Milos Raonic6 Maria Sharapova
7 Tomas Berdych7 Angelique Kerber
8 Grigor Dimitrov8 Eugenie Bouchard
9 Andy Murray9 Ana Ivanovic
10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga10 Jelena Jankovic
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