Ljubicic wins, Ferrero loses in Bangkok

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia had to fight hard to overcome Fernando Vicente of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Thailand Open.

Bangkok:

Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia had to fight hard to overcome Fernando Vicente of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Thailand Open on Tuesday. Ljubicic needed 19 aces to notch his first victory in three meetings with the Spaniard. The Croatian will next face Germany's Benjamin Becker, who eliminated Brazil's Marcos Daniel 6-3, 6-2 in 50 minutes. Former French Open champion, sixth-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero, lost to 19-year-old German qualifier Mischa Zverev 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. American seventh seed Robby Ginepri defeated Denmark's Kenneth Carlsen 6-3, 6-4, squandering a 5-1 lead in the second set. Also, Russia's Mikhail Ledovskikh beat Swedish qualifier Michael Ryderstedt 6-1, 7-6 (7) for his first victory on the main tour, Britain's Alex Bogdanovic rallied past Wang Yeu-Tzuoo of Taiwan 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-4, and Canada's Frank Dancevic outlasted Germany's Lars Burgsmuller 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (7). Second-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, who won in Beijing this month, withdrew because the right shoulder he injured in practice on Friday was still too sore to serve. He was replaced by Japan's Satoshi Iwabuchi from qualifying. (AP)

Topics : Tennis Croatia
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