• Acasuso and Phau equalled the longest tie-breaker on the ATP Tour
  • Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis also lost in the first round
  • Henman had it easy while Rusedski lost

    TORONTO: The third-seeded Argentine David Nalbandian went out of the Toronto Masters in the first round when he was beaten 6-1, 6-2 by Italy's Davide Sanguinetti here on Monday.

    Nalbandian was completely outclassed by the 33-year-old qualifier, who needed just 58 minutes to register his first win in three attempts on the Canadian hard courts.

    In other first round action, fourth seed Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia eased past Spain's Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-1 and fifth seed James Blake needed just 56 minutes to crush the hopes of hometown favourite and 17-year-old Canadian Philip Bester 6-4, 6-1.

    In contrast, Argentina's Jose Acasuso needed more than two hours and an epic second set tie-breaker to beat Germany's Bjorn Phau 7-5, 7-6(18). The tie-breaker equalled the longest in the ATP Tour record books, the earlier one involving Bjorn Borg and Premjit Lal in Wimbledon in 1973.

    Czech Tomas Berdych, seeded 13, advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Canada's Daniel Nestor, while 15th seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile scraped past Sweden's Robin Soderling 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

    Ninth seed and Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis joined Nalbandian after falling 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 to Julien Benneteau of France. However, Britain's Tim Henman had an easy passage into the second round as he breezed past Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 6-3. Henman's former Davis Cup teammate Greg Rusedski lost 6-4, 6-2 to Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

    In a battle between former French Open champions, Spain's Carlos Moya brushed aside Argentina's Gaston Gaudio 6-1, 6-4.

    Early exit

    Sania Mirza and her South African partner Liezel Huber lost 7-6(2), 6-2 to the Serbian-Russian pair of Ana Ivanovic and Maria Kirilenko in in the opening round of the JP Morgan Chase Open.

    The Sania-Liezel pair, after losing a seesaw first set, were never in the game and it took their rivals just about an hour and a half to chalk out a win.

    In the first set which went into the tie-breaker, the Ivanovic-Kirilenko combine was in command and conceded just two points. After the gruelling set, Sania and Liezel ran out of steam and were broken twice in the second set en route to a first round loss.

    The results (first round): At Toronto (ATP Rogers Cup): Frank Dancevic bt Peter Polansky 7-6(3), 6-3; Ivan Ljubicic bt Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-1; Fernando Gonzalez bt Robin Soderling 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; Jose Acasuso bt Bjorn Phau 7-5, 7-6(18); Mikhail Youzhny bt Greg Rusedski 6-4, 6-2; Davide Sanguinetti bt David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-2; Richard Gasquet bt Fabrice Santoro 6-4, 6-3; Thomas Johansson bt Feliciano Lopez 5-7, 6-4, 6-3; Tim Henman bt Jonas Bjorkman 6-2, 6-3; Tomas Berdych bt Daniel Nestor 6-4, 7-5; Dominik Hrbaty bt Robert Kendrick 6-4, 6-4; Sebastien Grosjean bt Florent Serra 6-3, 6-2; Carlos Moya bt Gaston Gaudio 6-1, 6-4; Paradorn Srichaphan bt Gilles Simon 6-4, 6-2; James Blake bt Philip Bester 6-4, 6-1; Julien Benneteau bt Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 6-2, 6-3.

    At Carson, California (WTA JP Morgan Chase Open): Paola Suarez bt Marta Domachowska 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Lucie Safarova bt Jelena Kostanic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1; Anastassia Rodionova bt Melinda Czink 4-6, 6-3, 7-5; Akiko Morigami bt Olga Savchuk 6-2, 6-2; Virginia Ruano Pascual bt Sybille Bammer 6-4, 6-3; Mara Santangelo bt Ahsha Rolle 6-3, 6-1; Vania King bt Severine Bremond 6-1, 3-3, retd.; Elena Vesnina bt Vasilisa Bardina 6-2, 5-2, retd.; Julia Schruff bt Tatiana Poutchek 5-7, 6-3, 6-3; Ashley Harkleroad bt Yuan Meng 6-4, 7-6(4); Bethanie Mattek bt Kveta Peschke 6-4, 6-4; Mariana Diaz-Oliva bt Lilia Osterloh 7-6(4), 7-6(4); Jill Craybas bt Amy Frazier 6-2, 6-4.

    At Stockholm (WTA Nordic Light Open): Catalina Castano bt Yuliana Fedak 7-6(3), 6-4; Klara Zakopalova bt Martina Sucha 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-2; Svetlana Pironkova bt Nathalie Vierin 7-5, 6-3; Caroline Wozniacki bt Iveta Benesova 6-2, 6-0; Li Na bt Maret Ani 6-1, 7-5. Agencies

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