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.