Lapentti Ousts Top-seeded Davydenko at Kitzbuhel

Posted on July 27, 2006

Nicolas Lapentti may find himself at No. 116 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, but when pitted against Nikolay Davydenko the Ecuadorian raises his game.

Lapentti made it three wins out of three with a 6-3, 6-3 victory in one hour and 38 minutes at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehel Wednesday, venue of their last career meeting three years ago.

It was his first victory over a player ranked in the Top 10 of the INDESIT ATP Rankings, since beating David Nalbandian (No. 10) at the BMW Open in Munich last year.

Lapentti last ranked in the Top 10 at No. 9 on June 12, 2000, placing a career-high No. 6 on November 22, 1999.

Against top-seeded Davydenko, the 2001 champion won 31 of 40 points on first serve and broke the Russian's serve on four of 11 opportunities.

Lapentti, who produced his best performance of the season last week reaching the Stuttgart quarterfinals (l. to Berdych), will take on Austrian hope Stefan Koubek in the third round.

Koubek knocked out No. 15 seed Boris Pashanski 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 over two hours, in the second of three upsets on day three.

Austrian Jurgen Melzer upset Masters Series Hamburg champion Tommy Robredo 6-2, 7-5, breaking the Spaniard four times.

Edgardo Massa beat No. 12 seed Andreas Seppi, the Sydney and Nottingham semifinalist. Massa, playing his fourth carrer ATP match and ranked No. 403 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings, edged past Seppi 7-6(5), 7-6(5).

There was better news however for defending champion Gaston Gaudio, who improved his career record to 16-15 at the clay-court tournament. His second round opponent Juan Monaco retired as a precautionary measure, doe to dizziness, while trailing 7-6(4), 4-1.

"I was playing a little bit better than last week, trying to gain confidence," Gaudio said. "We'll see what's gonna happen for the next match."

Last week's Stuttgart semifinalist could not cope with the 30C (86F) temperature, in the pair's second career meeting. Gaudio beat Monaco in four sets at the 2004 US Open first round.

Gaudio, also runner-up to Nicolas Massu in 2004, will now play Denis Gremelmayr in the third round.

Auckland champion Jarkko Nieminen survived a tussle against Argentine qualifier Sergio Roitman, currently No. 114 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings.

Third-seeded Nieminen beat Roitman 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 for a place in the third round against No. 13 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Fifth-seeded Massu, this season's Costa Do Sauipe winner and runner-up in Amersfoort, Casablanca and Vina del Mar, beat Spain's Alex Calatrava 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3) in three hours and seven minutes.

Juan Ignacio Chela, the No. 7 seed, won his first match since Poertschach in May, overcoming Mariano Zabaleta 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3.

Tenth-seeded Max Mirnyi dented local hopes by knocking out Austrian wild card Andreas Haider-Maurer, playing his second career ATP-level match. The 'Beast' will play No. 5 seed Fernando Verdasco, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Alexander Waske.
-- ATP