Rome: Ill-luck seems to have taken hold of the seeded players at the Italian Open Masters Series in Rome. Two seeded players, Pete Sampras and Tim Henman were eliminated in the first round the next to go was 11th seed Roger Federer. The Swiss lost in straight sets to Andrea Gaudenzi after he put a forehand wide 6-4, 6-4. Defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero serving from the near court broke Rainer Schuettler's serve in the first game before holding his own with a forehand winner to go 2-0 up. Ferrero was dominating the match. He advanced to the next round without even getting to match point after Schuettler retired hurt because of a groin injury while trailing 6-2, 4-3. Fourth seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov was dominating the match against Argentine Franco Squillari. But the Russian got to the dressing room earlier than expected after Squillari retired hurt with Kafelnikov 6-1, 2-0 ahead. Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten had to produce some amazing shots to overcome Davide Sanguinetti. Guga, as he is fondly called by his fans, wrapped up the match 7-5, 6-4 with a brilliant backhand down the line pass. Kuerten will be hoping he continue his great record here and reach his fourth consecutive final. And Andre Agassi negotiated his first round match with great ease.
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