Gstaad:Kristof Vliegen of Belgium continued Gaston Gaudio's woeful season by ousting the former champion 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the opening round of the Swiss Open on Monday.
Vliegen lost to Gaudio in the same round in straight sets four years ago in Gstaad, but Gaudio was no longer in the same form which would win him the French Open the following year, and the Swiss Open in 2005. A top-10 player then, the Argentine was ranked 103 now.
Gaudio, whose record fell to 6-13 for the year, had momentum when he won the second set tiebreaker, but an hour-long rain delay allowed Vliegen to refocus.
The loss marked Gaudio's earliest exit in seven appearances in Gstaad. Beside the '05 title, he was also once a runner-up and twice a semifinalist.
Fourth-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, a semifinalist last year, defeated Czech Jan Hernych 7-6 (0), 7-6 (3) in the only other completed match before rain set in for good.
More rain was forecast for Tuesday.