GRAND PRIX HASSAN II
Defending Champion Andujar Falls In Casablanca
by ATP Staff|
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.
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.
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).