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Robredo wins, Safin out of Barcelona Open tennis
2007-04-24 05:25:48 Xinhua English

MADRID, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Third seed Tommy Robredo defeated fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-2 to cruise into the third round of the Barcelona Open on Tuesday.

Robredo, runner-up to Rafael Nadal last year and the winner in 2004, needed just 69 minutes to advance to a clash with 15th seed Agustin Calleri of Argentina or Italian qualifier Paolo Lorenzi in the last 16.

"It was good," said Robredo, "It was quite a predictable match as we know each other's game so well. It was just a matter of waiting to see who made mistakes."

Fourth seed David Nalbandian was barely tested as he breezed into the last 16 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Spaniard Alberto Martin.

Argentine Guillermo Canas, the 12th seed who beat world number one Roger Federer twice last month, eased past Max Mirnyi of Belarus 6-2, 7-6 in a first-round battle.

But former world number one Marat Safin went down 6-4 and 7-6 in the first round to Simone Bolelli, the world number 103 from Italy.

The 11th-seeded Russian, beaten in the second round in Monte Carlo last week, fought back from an early break down to square the match at 4-4, but dropped his serve and handed Bolelli the first set.

Neither man could force a break point in the second set but Bolelli snatched the tiebreak 7-5.

And former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio suffered a first-round defeat as he was battered 6-1, 6-0 by Swede Robin Soderling.

The out-of-form Gaudio, who has won just four matches all year and slipped to 69th in the world rankings, mustered just 20 points in total.

Soderling, seeded 13, will play his compatriot, Thomas Johansson, the former Australian Open champion, in the second round.

Belgian Kristof Vliegen will meet top seed Rafael Nadal for the second time in a week after he beat Italian Davide Sanguinetti 6-2,6-4 to reach the second round.

Carlos Moya eased past fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers-Pujol 6-2, 6-4, while there were also first-round wins for Spanish 14th seed Nicola Almagro, Italian Potito Starace, Czech Jiri Vanek and American Paul Goldstein.

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