Former No. 1 Tommy Haas, American Mardy Fish and former Top 10er Ivan Ljubicic all put in strong unseeded efforts Monday in advancing into the second round at the Masters-Madrid.
Haas, who needed to qualify into the main draw, out-dueled the explosive Ernests Gulbis in three sets. Ljubicic, who needed a wildcard to get into the main draw, straight-setted Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili, while Fish defeated Janko Tipsarevic in straights.
All three seeds in action advanced in straight sets in No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (d. Marat Safin), No. 11 Stan Wawrinka, and No. 12 David Ferrer (d. (Q) Guillermo Canas).
“I didn’t feel comfortable at any moment in the match, so I was all the time playing behind and I tried to find my game,” said Safin. “I couldn’t do anything special so it was annoying to be there on the court and not be able to find the game, so basically I had to wait for his mistakes. It was a little bit absurd, so, it’s a disappointment but what can you do?”
Other wildcards successfully into the second round were Juan Monaco (d. Feliciano Lopez) and Oscar Hernandez.
Tuesday highlights in Madrid include  Robredo vs. Fish, [WC] Ferrero vs.  Verdasco in an all-Spanish, Soderling vs.  Federer,  Tsonga vs. [WC] Ljubicic, and  Blake vs. Hanescu.
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