Barcelona: Third seed David Nalbandian recovered from a shocking start to beat Argentine compatriot Agustin Calleri 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-3 on Tuesday and become the first man into the third round of the Barcelona Open.
Calleri, a semifinalist here last year, raced through the first set in 26 minutes. Nalbandian served poorly and allowed his opponent, ranked 60, to take the initiative.
Nalbandian then squandered a 4-0 lead in the second set and was forced into a tiebreak which he won 7-2.
He broke the Calleri serve in the first game of the decider and repeated the feat in the ninth game to clinch victory. He next meets 14th seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland or Kazakhstani lucky loser Yuri Schukin.
Guillermo Coria’s struggle to regain top form after injury continued. He was beaten 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 by Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili in the first round.
The Argentine, runner-up at the French Open in 2004, but beset by shoulder problems since and playing with an injury-protected ranking of 105, led 4-2 in the decider but could not make the advantage tell against the world number 138.
Feliciano Lopez, the Spanish 16th seed, advanced when Argentine Jose Acauso retired injured when trailing 5-2 in the first set.
His 10th seeded compatriot Nicolas Almagro and Latvian Ernests Gulbis were also the benfeciaries of retirements by their opponents.
Barcelona Open: Second round: David Nalbandian bt Agustin Calleri 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-3; Mario Ancic bt Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4. First round: Feliciano Lopez bt Jose Acasuso 5-2 (retd.); Filippo Volandri bt Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 6-4; Albert Montanes bt Marcel Granollers-Pujol 3-6, 6-3, 6-2; Teimuraz Gabashvili bt Guillermo Coria 5-7, 6-4, 6-4; Pablo Cuevas bt Juan Pablo Brzezicki 6-3, 7-6(3); Ernest Gulbis bt Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 4-2 (retd.); Nicolas Almagro bt Victor Troicki 6-2, 0-0 (retd.); Potito Starace bt Peter Luczak 7-6(4), 6-1; Alberto Martin bt Matteo Marrai 6-3, 6-3; Mikhail Kukushkin bt Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 6-4.
At Munich: ATP BMW Open: First round: Julio Silva bt Matthias Bachinger 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Philipp Petzschner bt Evgeny Korolev 6-4, 0-6, 6-2; Lee Hyung-taik bt Rainer Eitzinger 1-6, 7-5, 6-2; Fernando Gonzalez bt Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-4; Igor Andreev bt Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4; Gianluca Naso bt Rainer Schuettler 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4.
At Prague: WTA CZE Open: Magdalena Rybarikova bt Meghann Shaughnessy 6-1, 6-3; Akgul Amanmuradova bt Michaella Krajicek 6-4, 6-3; Karolina Pliskova bt Alicia Molik 6-4, 6-4; Tsvetana Pironkova bt Ekaterina Ivanova 6-1, 7-6(5); Jill Craybas bt Karin Knapp 6-4, 6-2; Melinda Czink bt Jelena Pandzic 6-0, 6-2; Katarina Srebotnik bt Yvonne Meusburger 6-0, 6-0; Klara Zakopalova bt Sara Errani 6-1, 6-3; Vera Zvonareva bt Lucie Hradecka 6-2, 6-3. — Agencies