Coria Outlasts Wildcard for 1st Win Since April

Posted on July 19, 2006

Top seed Guillermo Coria broke a five-match losing streak by defeating wild card Robin Haase 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 17 minutes at the Dutch Tennis Open in Amersfoort.

The Argentine, who has nine ATP titles under his belt, is not enjoying a successful season so far. He holds a modest 9-10 record in 2006 having as best showing a quarterfinal appearence at the ATP Masters Series Monte-Carlo in April.

Coria, who lost in the first round in five of 11 events he played this season, struggled with his serve once again in today's first round match. Against Haase, who is currently No.340 in the INDESIT ATP Ranking, Coria hit 14 double faults and won only 28 percent of the points in his second serve. The former World No.3 is averaging 12 double faults per match in 2006.

Coria's countryman Sergio Roitman also moved into the second round by defeating Croatia's rising star Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1 in 67 minutes.

Carlos Moya, the No.5 seed, defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-4, 7-6(6) in one hour and 54 minutes. The former World No.1 fired seven aces and won 82 percent of the points in his first serve while never dropping serve.

Sixth-seeded Alberto Martin and Agustin Calleri also posted wins on Tuesday in Amersfoort. The Spaniard Martin breezed past countryman Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-2 while Calleri defeated Denis Gremelmayr 6-2, 7-6(5).

Dutch wild card Thiemo De Bakker, playing in his career first ATP-level event, upset No.8 seed Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-3 in one hour, 23 minutes.
-- ATP