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Tennis — Madrid Open

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Delbonis eliminated in first round

Federico Delbonis returns the ball to Feliciano López.

Federico Delbonis continues his bad run in the Masters 1000. He lost to Feliciano López in his first round match in Madrid. The other Argentine in the tournament, Juan Mónaco plays his opener today.

MADRID — Argentine Federico Delbonis, 23, was eliminated from the Madrid Open yesterday after losing to Spaniard Feliciano López in his first-round match.

World number 42 Delbonis was beaten by López (29) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-2 in two hours and seven minutes.

The other Argentine in the tournament, Juan Mónaco (56) will today play his opening match against Jurgen Melzer of Austria with the winner facing Rafael Nadal in the second round.

López struck 18 aces and saved 13 of 14 break points faced to record victory. “I think he was one the toughest players to play, on clay especially, because of his game,” López said of this year’s Brazil Open champion. “He’s a lefty and it’s complicated for me because he plays completely different to others. I’m happy to have been able to finish the game this way and be in the tournament.”

Delbonis failed to end his bad run in the Masters 1000 as he was also eliminated in the first round in Monte Carlo, Miami and Indian Wells.

Also yesterday, second-ranked Li Na started her campaign with a victory, overcoming a stubborn opponent just as third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska did to reach the second round.

Na’s clay debut began with an encouraging 6-1 7-6 (9-7) victory over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens before Radwanska also advanced thanks to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 win over Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard.

Kuznetsova held off Alize Cornet of France 6-3 4-6 6-1 as the Russian continued her good run, including reaching the final in Portugal on Saturday. Also, Caroline Wozniacki was a 6-2 6-2 victory over Ekaterina Makarova.

In men’s first-round play, ninth-seeded John Isner beat Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-6 (10-8) 6-4, with the US player securing the only break in a match heavy on baseline groundstrokes.

Kei Nishikori followed up his Barcelona Open triumph with a 6-4 6-4 win against Ivan Dodig of Croatia. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3 4-6 6-3, while Gilles Simon emerged from another all-French matchup, after Benoit Paire retired, to play Roger Federer next. Stanislas Wawrinka, who is looking to follow-up his Monte Carlos Masters triumph, opens in the Spanish capital against Dominic Thiem after the Austrian beat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4 6-2.

Other winners were Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, and Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

DyN, AP

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