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Defending Champion Andujar Falls In Casablanca

Casablanca, Morocco

Garcia-Lopez© El KhaouaGuillermo Garcia-Lopez knocked out the sixth seed in Casablanca.

Two-time reigning champion Pablo Andujar suffered his first defeat at the Grand Prix Hassan II, falling to fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 on Tuesday. Andujar was looking to improve to a 10-0 record in Casablanca.

Carreno-Busta, who is making just his second tour-level appearance this week, has climbed from No. 654 in January to No. 293 in the Emirates ATP Rankings by winning seven consecutive Futures titles.

Fifth seed Jurgen Melzer and sixth seed Daniel Gimeno-Traver also lost in the first round on Tuesday.

Tobias Kamke saved five of six break points in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Melzer in 75 minutes, while Gimeno-Traver lost to fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 in two hours and 29 minutes.

There was better news for eighth seed Grega Zemlja, who withstood 10 aces from Matthias Bachinger for a 6-7(3), 7-5, 7-6(2) win in two hours and 43 minutes.

Italian qualifier Filippo Volandri defeated 2007 champion and fellow 31-year-old Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 7-5 in 86 minutes. It was their first meeting for eight years (2005 Vina del Mar). World No. 67 Mathieu dropped to 0-6 on the season.

Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat 2007 runner-up Albert Montanes 3-6 6-4, 6-4. Last month, Roger-Vasselin reached his first ATP World Tour singles final at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (l. to Gulbis).

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