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Ferrero advances

BASTAD (Sweden): French Open champion Rafael Nadal and Juan Carlos Ferrero both moved into the second round of the Swedish Open on Tuesday.

The top-seeded Nadal easily defeated doubles partner Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-1 on clay at the Bastad Tennis Stadion.

The third-seeded Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion, outlasted qualifier Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-1.

Eighth-seeded Jose Acasuso of Argentina became the first seeded player to be eliminated, losing to Spain's Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-1.

Also, Mikail Youzhny of Russia defeated Jerome Haehnel of France 6-1, 6-1, Alberto Martin of Spain beat Argentina's Agustin Calleri 6-1, 6-1 and Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic topped Kevin Kim of the United States 6-2, 6-3.

Andreas Vinciguerra cruised to victory in his first match in two years, beating fellow Swede Michael Ryderstedt 6-3, 6-1 on Monday in the first round.

Spadea struggles

In Newport, second-seeded Vince Spadea overcame last year's runner-up Alexander Popp of Germany 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Hall of Fame Championships on Monday.

After struggling in the first set, Spadea — a semifinal loser to Popp in Newport last year — broke the German in the fourth and eighth games of the second set to even the match.

``Sometimes I find myself lackadaisical,'' said Spadea, who was issued a warning for a court violation when he smashed a ball over the stands in frustration during the first set. ``It's not like I have to get myself angry to get myself back into the match.''

Rain affects play

In Gstaad, top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko retired with an injured wrist on Tuesday against Armenia's Sargis Sargsian in the first round of the Swiss Open.

The Russian had won the first set 6-1 and was leading 1-0 in the second when he withdrew.

Davydenko retired from his second-round match against Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman at Wimbledon last month with a similar injury.

The opening day of the Swiss Open was bogged down by the weather.

Only Spain's Fernando Verdasco managed to complete a match before drizzle and showers conspired to keep seven other contests from completion.

The 21-year-old world number 55, advanced past Czech qualifier Jaroslav Pospisil 6-2, 6-4.

For the first time since 1997 Roger Federer does not figure in the draw.

The results:

In Bastad: ATP Allianz Swiss Open (first round): Rafael Nadal bt Juan Monaco 6-1, 6-1; Juan Carlos Ferrero bt Lukas Dlouhy 6-4, 6-1; Mikail Youzhny bt Jerome Haehnel 6-1, 6-1; Nicolas Almagro bt Jose Acasuso 6-4, 6-1; Alberto Martin bt Agustin Calleri 6-1, 6-1; Tomas Berdych bt Kevin Kim 6-2, 6-3; Tommy Robredo bt Michal Tabara 7-5, 6-0; Andreas Vinciguerra bt Michael Ryderstedt 6-3, 6-1.

In Newport: ATP Campbell's Hall of Fame championships (first round): Robby Ginepri bt Scott Oudsema 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-0; Vince Spadea bt Alexander Popp 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Giovanni Lapentti bt Lars Burgsmuller 7-6(3), 3-1 (retired).

In Gstaad: Swedish Open (first round): Sargis Sargsian bt Nikolay Davydenko 1-6, 0-1 (retired); Razvan Sabau bt Michael Lammer 3-6, 6-2, 6-3; Feliciano Lopez bt Igor Andreev 7-5, 6-3; Fernando Verdasco bt Jaroslav Pospisil 6-2, 6-4. — Agencies

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