Federer off to a shaky start

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Ryan Harrison.
Ryan Harrison.

ESTORIL: Roger Federer rallied from a set down to beat Olivier Rochus of Belgium 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday in the first round of the clay-court Estoril Open.

The top-ranked Swiss player had eight aces in the first set, but made too many forced errors. His double-fault on set point in the seventh game — one of 53 unforced errors in the match — allowed the 80th-ranked Belgian to lead 4-3. In the fourth game of the second set, Federer squandered two break points with wayward shots. But he broke Rochus’s serve in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. Federer looked more composed in the final set andbroke Rochus’s serve twice.

New kid on the block

Fifteen-year-old Ryan Harrison beat Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 6-4, 6-3 in the U.S. claycourt championship in Houston on Monday to become the 10th player in the Open era to win a main-draw match before his 16th birthday.

Harrison is also the youngest player to get a main-draw win on the ATP tour since Rafael Nadal, the current World No. 2, won his first tour match in Mallorca in 2002, and the third player this decade to do it before his 16th birthday.

Richard Gasquet of France was 15 when he won his first match in Monte Carlo in 2002.

Important results (first round): At Estoril: ATP & WTA Estoril Open: Men: Nikolay Davydenko bt Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-1; Rui Machado bt Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 1-0 ret.; Victor Hanescu bt Olivier Patience 6-1, 7-6(2); Roger Federer bt Olivier Rochus 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Fernando Gil bt Nicolas Mahut 6-0, 6-3; Teimuraz Gabashvili bt Florian Mayer 7-5, 7-5.

Women: Flavia Pennetta bt Yvonne Meusburger 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.Karin Knapp bt Frederica Piedade 6-3, 6-0; Tsvetana Pironkova bt Stephanie Dubois 6-0, 6-1.

At Valencia: ATP Valencia Open: Eduardo Schwank bt Christophe Rochus 6-2, 2-0 ret.; Nicolas Almagro bt Miguel Lopez Jaen 7-5, 6-3; Tommy Robredo bt Albert Montanes 6-3, 7-5; Marat Safin bt Juan-Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. Gael Monfils bt Maximo Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4; Guillermo Garcia-Lopez bt Steve Darcis 6-4, retd..

At Houston: ATP U.S. Claycourt championships: Donald Young bt Fernando Vicente 6-3, 7-6(5); Wayne Odesnik bt Amer Delic 6-3, 6-3; Ryan Harrison bt Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 6-3; Hugo Armando bt Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 4-6, 7-5; Dudi Sela bt Robby Ginepri 7-6(5), 6-2; Oscar Hernandez bt Juan Pablo Brzezicki 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

At Charleston: WTA Family Circle Cup: Vera Zvonareva bt Chuang Chia-jung 6-2, 6-2; Agnes Szavay bt Yuliana Fedak 6-0, 7-6(4); Agnieszka Radwanska bt Marta Domachowska 6-4, 4-6, 6-3; Ai Sugiyama bt Ayumi Morita 6-4, 6-1; Gisela Dulko bt Alicia Molik 6-2, 6-3; ; Sorana Cirstea bt Vania King 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-1; Julia Schruff bt Galina Voskoboeva 7-6(2), 6-4. — Agencies

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