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Nalbandian, Lopez, Gasquet, Verdasco through Cincinnati Masters

08-16-2011 15:17 BJT

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The hard courts of the Lindner Family Tennis Center, the site for this week' ATP tour stop, as the Cincinatti Masters got underway in Ohio on Monday.

Spaniard Fernando Verdasco faced a potentially tricky first round encounter with Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil.

But Verdasco would not have a whole lot of difficulty in advancing to the second round. Verdasco, in good form as he saved six of seven break points he faced, and served well, winning 72 percent of his first serves on the way to a 6-3 7-6 straight sets win over Belluci.

Fernando Verdasco of Spain reacts after defeating Thomaz Bellucci of
Brazil during their first round match of the Cincinnati Open tennis
tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 15, 2011. REUTERS/John Sommers II

In an all-Spanish affair, Feliciano Lopez took on compatriot Juan Carlos Ferrero. Ferrero made the stronger start and took the first set, but Lopez battled back to take the following two sets for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Talented Frenchman Richard Gasquet, opening up against Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine. Gasquet proved too strong despite a disputed call on match point, that would need a closer look. Notheless, it was good as Gasquet took a 6-1 7-6 win.

Also moving on is the experienced David Nalbandian who proved too strong for his Japanese opponent Kei Nishikori. Nalbandian, winning in straight sets 6-4 6-4 to book his place in the second round.

Richard Gasquet, from France, returns to Alexandr Dolgopolov, from Ukraine, during a
first round match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 15,
2011, in Mason, Ohio. Gasquet won 6-1, 7-6 (4). (AP Photo/David Kohl)

 

David Nalbandian, from Argentina, returns a shot to Kei Nishikori ,from
Japan, during a first round match at the Western & Southern Open tennis
tournament, Monday, Aug.15,2011, in Mason, Ohio. Nalbandian won 6-4, 6-4.
(AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

 

Fernando Verdasco of Spain serves to Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil during their
first round match of the Cincinnati Open tennis tournament in Cincinnati,
Ohio, August 15, 2011. REUTERS/John Sommers II

 

Kei Nishikori, from Japan, returns a serve from David
Nalbandian, from Argentina, during a first round match at the
Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug.15, 2011,
in Mason, Ohio. Nalbandian won 6-4, 6-4. (AP Photo/Tony Tribble)

Editor:Zou Xian |Source: CNTV.CN

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