Spadea downs Ljubicic at Lyon Grand Prix

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Vince Spadea of the United States upset fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 7-6 (5), 7-5 in the first round of the Lyon Grand Prix

Spadea downs Ljubicic at Lyon Grand Prix

Lyon: Vince Spadea of the United States upset fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 7-6 (5), 7-5 and No. 8 Robby Ginepri retired with an illness Wednesday, eliminating two more seeds from the first round of the Lyon Grand Prix.The loss for Ljubicic was his second in four days, following a five-set defeat to Rafael Nadal in Sunday's Madrid Masters final which ended a 16-match win streak that included titles in Metz and Vienna."I think what made the difference today was my energy level,'' Ljubicic said. "I gave it all I had but it wasn't enough. Also Vince was a tough first round opponent, he picks up my serve better than most players and I've lost to him several times in the past.''Ljubicic and Ginepri join No. 2 Mariano Puerta and No. 6 David Ferrer who were beaten on Tuesday. Spadea plays France's Michael Llodra in the second round.Seventh-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia advanced, beating Thomas Enqvist of Sweden 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5).In other first-round matches, Fabrice Santoro of France rallied from 1-4 in the second set to beat Taylor Dent of the United States 6-3, 7-5, Olivier Rochus of Belgium defeated Novak Djokovic of Serbia-Montenegro 7-6 (4), 7-5 and Nicolas Mahut downed fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-4, 7-5. (AP)

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