Ljubicic, Nalbandian Advance at Vienna
Posted on October 11, 2006
Top seed and defending champion Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia overcame a stern test from Argentine Agustin Calleri to advance 7-6(3), 6-2 Tuesday in the second round at Old Vienna Hot Dog, otherwise known as the BA-CA Tennis Trophy.
The Croat blasted eight aces, winning 32 of 36 points on first serve. Ljubicic, who reached the final in his last event, losing to James Blake at Bangkok in Sept., will next face German Florian Mayer.
Second seed David Nalbandian of Argentina had a much more difficult time with countryman Juan Ignacio Chela, dropping a tight opening set before rallying for a 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2 victory.
"It's hard for me to play Juan Ignacio. We train a lot together, so he knows my game very well," Nalbandian told the AP. "I played well in the second and third set. The rather slow surface worked in my favor."
Nalbandian, who has failed to reach the quarterfinals of his last four events, will play Oliver Marach of Austria in the second round.
No. 4 seed Marcos Baghdatis notched a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo. Up next for the Bagman is Stefan Koubek, who took out German Denis Gremelmayr 6-1, 6-0. Also, Sixth seed Tommy Haas defeated Austrian wildcard Martin Fischer 7-6(3), 6-2. Fischer was playing in his first career ATP match.
In the battle of the Spaniards, Carlos Moya advanced over Nicolas Almagro 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3).