Former champion Nikolay Davydenko beat American Vince Spadea in the opening round of the Estoril Open on Monday.
updated: February 25, 2007 11:40 IST
Oeiras:Former champion Nikolay Davydenko beat American Vince Spadea 7-6 (3), 6-3 for the first time in four meetings in the opening round of the Estoril Open on Monday. Also, women's top seed Flavia Pennetta of Italy saved a match point before advancing. Davydenko, the 2003 winner, recovered from 5-2 down in the first set and 30 unforced errors against Spadea. The second-seeded Russian could end up meeting compatriot Marat Safin in the second round for the third time this year. Safin won both matches. Safin, the 2004 finalist, opens against Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini. Gilles Muller of Luxembourg served 10 aces in upsetting eighth-seeded Christophe Rochus of Belgium 6-2, 6-0 in 45 minutes; and American Justin Gimelstob overcame Czech Lukas Dlouhy 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. Third-seeded Tommy Robredo, the 2005 Estoril finalist and a runner-up on Sunday at Barcelona, withdrew with an abdominal injury, along with Spain's Nicolas Almagro (back), France's Gilles Simon (fatigue) and Romania's Victor Hanescu (abdominals). In women's play, Pennetta fought off a match point at 6-5 in the final set to beat Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (2). Fourth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy withdrew with a leg injury, and her place in the draw was taken by fifth-seeded Vera Dushevina to no avail. The Russian lost to Italy's Antonella Serra Zanetti 6-4, 6-4. Argentina's Mariana Diaz-Oliva beat ninth-seeded Virginie Razzano of France 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, and Argentina's Paola Suarez topped Spain's Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 7-5, 6-3. (AP)