Ferrero Continues Bad Streak, Nadal Retires at ATP Auckland

Posted on January 11, 2005

Juan Carlos Ferrero picked up right where he left off in 2004 on Tuesday at the ATP stop in Auckland, blowing a set lead against unheralded No. 83-ranked qualifier Jan Hernych to exit 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-3.


“I didn't play my best tennis," said Ferrero, who struggled to get any stick on his serve, and looked out-of-sorts in his court movement. "But he played good tennis, with my help sometimes.”


The event lost another Spanish drawcard when Rafael “The Prodigy” Nadal withdrew after losing the first set against No. 3 seed and defending champion Dominik “The Dominator” Hrbaty, complaining of tightness in his chest.


"I was scared, I thought to stop was better," said Nadal, who says he has suffered chest pains once before.


Other upsets on the day were “Everybody Loves” Raemon Sluiter ousting No. 2 Tommy Robredo in three sets, and Belgian Olivier “The Roach” Rochus easily dismissing No. 8 Luis “Me So” Horna.


Other seeded winners were (1) Guillermo “El Fragile” Coria (d. Schalken with a bagel in the first), and (6) Juan Ignacio Chela (d. Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez).


Other un-seeds into the second round Tuesday were Spain’s Al Martin (d. (Q) Kohlschreiber), American Robby “Baby Courier” Ginepri (d. Calleri in three), and Brazil’s Ricardo Mello “Yello” (d. Bjorkman).


On tap for Wednesday’s match-ups are (1) Coria vs. Saulnier, (3) The Dominator vs. Acasuso, Baby Courier vs. (4) Spadea in an all-American, “You Say” Potito Starace vs. (Q) Sluiter, (5) Fernando “Gonzo” Gonzalez vs. Zabaleta, (Q) Luzzi vs. The Roach, (6) Chela vs. Mello “Yello,” and A.Martin vs. (Q) Hernych.