BA-CA Trophy: Ljubicic wins opener

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Defending champion Ivan Ljubicic defeated Agustin Calleri 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the first round of the BA-CA Tennis Trophy on Tuesday.

BA-CA Trophy: Ljubicic wins opener

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Defending champion Ivan Ljubicic defeated Agustin Calleri 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the first round of the BA-CA Tennis Trophy on Tuesday.Argentina's Calleri made three unforced errors in the first set tiebreak and lost his service twice in the second set."I am very happy that I played well,'' top-seeded Ljubicic said. "I felt some pressure coming back to Vienna as the titleholder but things went well in the second set.''The Croat will play Florian Mayer of Germany in the second round. Second-seeded David Nalbandian also advanced after beating fellow Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-2.Nalbandian, who led 5-3 before wasting two first-set points in the tiebreaker, hit 27 baseline winners in his first match since his second-round exit at the US Open last month."It's hard for me to play Juan Ignacio. We train a lot together, so he knows my game very well,'' Nalbandian said. "I played well in the second and third set. The rather slow surface worked in my favor.''Medical treatmentAlso, fourth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus advanced to the next round after beating Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Baghdatis needed medical treatment for muscle cramps in his right forearm twice in the final set, but then broke his opponent two times to complete the victory after two hours and 22 minutes.Nicolas Almagro of Spain had 16 aces and lost his serve only once throughout the entire match, but still lost to compatriot Carlos Moya 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3).Qualifier Lukasz Kubot of Poland defeated Sebastien Grosjean of France 6-4, 6-3.Wild card Stefan Koubek of Austria went through to the second round after downing Germany's Denis Gremelmayr 6-1, 6-0 in less than 44 minutes.Also, sixth-seeded Tommy Haas needed six first-set points before defeating wild card Martin Fischer of Austria 7-6 (3), 6-2. (AP)



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