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Sixth Seed Calleri Makes Winning Start

Stuttgart, Germany

Guillermo Coria was chasing his first ATP-level victory since reaching the second round in Casablanca (l. to Gicquel) in May.© Getty ImagesGuillermo Coria was chasing his first ATP-level victory since reaching the second round in Casablanca (l. to Gicquel) in May.

No. 6 seed Agustin Calleri knocked out Austrian Jurgen Melzer 7-6(3), 6-4 to secure his place in the second round of the MercedesCup in Stuttgart on Tuesday. The Argentine fired eight aces and converted three of seven break points in the match, which lasted 1 hr., 23 min. He goes on to face Pablo Cuevas.

It is the second time that 2008 two-time ATP quarterfinalist Melzer, who defeated World No. 52 Calleri at 2002 Umag, has fallen at the first hurdle in Stuttgart (l. to Nieminen in 2005).

The 31-year-old Calleri is returning to Stuttgart for the first time since falling to Karim Alami on his debut in 1999. The Buenos Aires resident, who has been ranked as high as No. 16 (July 7, 2003) in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, has reached the quarterfinals or better at six ATP events this season, highlighted by a semifinal finish at Casablanca (l. to Benneteau).

Eighth-seeded Argentine Eduardo Schwank survived being bagelled in the first set of his clash with 2003 champion and compatriot Guillermo Coria (pictured) to fight back and win by a margin of 0-6, 6-1, 6-2.

The 26-year-old Coria was chasing his first ATP-level victory since reaching the second round in Casablanca (l. to Gicquel) in May. The former World No. 3 (current No. 557) captured the Stuttgart title in 2003 (d. Robredo) and now slips to a 5-2 tournament record.

Schwank, who two weeks ago was ranked a career-high No. 60, is making his debut in Stuttgart. The 22-year-old reached his first ATP quarterfinal at Costa do Sauipe in February (l. to Lapentti) and has won three singles Challenger titles this season.

Also on Tuesday, Kazakhstan qualifier Yuri Schukin defeated Argentine Carlos Berlocq 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, while Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol accounted for Austrian qualifier Martin Fischer 6-2, 6-4.

 

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