Robredo, Gaudio Squeak By in Three at Sopot

Posted on August 2, 2006

Third-seeded Gaston Gaudio recorded his 24th ATP-level win of the season in beating Boris Pashanski 6-1, 6-7(4), 6-4 for a place in the second round of the Orange Prokom Open on Tuesday.

Gaudio recovered from a 2-0 deficit in the third set, winning five games in a row to take control against his Serbian opponent ranked No. 77 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings.

"I played a great first set and everything was going well but then I got a bit nervous in the second set, he had some break points," Gaudio said. "He played better in the tie-break and started the third set really well but then maybe he got a little tired and I raised my game again. I was a bit lucky to break him to win the match at 5-4 in the third. I don't have a lot of confidence at the moment so I'm maybe playing a little safer than usual, taking less risks, which is actually how I used to play a long time ago."

The Argentine, a semifinalist at ATP Masters Series Monte-Carlo (l. to Nadal) and Acapulco (l. to Horna) this season, broke the Pashanski serve on six of 15 opportunities in a match that lasted two hours and 21 minutes.

Gaudio will next meet Austrian Oliver Marach, a 6-4, 7-6(6) winner over Alexander Waske of Germany.

ATP Hamburg Masters Series champion Tommy Robredo, the No. 2 seed in Sopot, defeated Czech Ivo Minar 7-6(5) 3-6, 6-4, winning 113 points to 115 with five breaks of serve. Robredo led 7-6(5) 0-1, when floodlight failure ended play on Monday night. The World No. 7 will now meet Florian Mayer.

Fifth-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela, runner-up to Agustin Calleri in Kitzbuehel last week, beat Chilean qualifier Adrian Garcia 6-3, 6-2 for a second round meeting with Argentine compatriot and qualifier Martin Vassallo Arguello. He advanced when Marcos Daniel retired with a back injury while trailing 6-4, 2-0.

Seventh-seeded Filippo Volandri required just 60 minutes to overcome Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 6-1, proving solid on first serve with 27 out of 35 points won. Volandri next meets Delray Beach semifinalist Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, a 7-6(4), 7-5 winner over Mariano Zabaleta.

Meanwhile Carlos Berlocq won only his second match since reaching the Zagreb semifinals in May, a 2006 best performance. The 23-year-old knocked out Germany?'s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-0, 6-2 in one hour, beating a player who has moved from No. 102 in the INDESIT ATP Rankings on February 27, 2006, back to a career-high No. 61 this week.

Jiri Vanek knocked out Alessio Di Mauro of Italy 7-6(3), 6-0 in one hour and 36 minutes adding to previous career victories on the ATP Challenger circuit in 2002 (Trani, Italy) and 2005 (Prague, Czech Republic). Vanek will meet Polish wild card Michal Przysiezny in the second round.

Agustin Calleri, fresh from his tournament victory in Kitzbuhel last week, survived a first round test against the 28-year-old American Hugo Armando. Calleri, who has a 22-14 record on the tour this year, collected his sixth straight victory with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4) win, and will face Dutchman Raemon Sluiter in the last 16, who defeated home favorite Gzregorz Panfil 6-1, 6-3.
-- ATP