Umag:Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka was eliminated in the first round of the Croatia Open by former four-time winner Carlos Moya 6-3, 6-2 on Tuesday.
Also, the return of local star Ivan Ljubicic as the third seed lasted only two hours as he lost to Andrei Pavel of Romania 7-6 (5), 7-5 for the first time in six years.
Ljubicic, a two-time champ, on the tour this year was making his first appearance in Umag since 2002.
Wawrinka, a finalist last week in Stuttgart, found sympathy from Moya, who has played Stuttgart five times but not since 2003.
Moya was in Amersfoort, Netherlands last week, reaching his fourth straight quarterfinals on clay.
"I am also very pleased with my form," sixth-seeded Moya said.
In the absence of Rafael Nadal, who stopped Moya in the last eight at Roland Garros, Moya quipped "now I can win" in Umag, where he triumphed in 1996, 2001, 2002 and 2003. Moya has a record of 39-8 in Umag.
Fourth-seeded David Ferrer swiftly moved into the second round ousting fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-2, 6-2, and 2004 champ Guillermo Canas of Argentina downed wild card Roko Karanusic of Croatia 6-3, 6-3.
Number 7-seeded Filippo Volandri ousted Czech Lukas Dlouhy 6-2, 6-1 and Robin Haase of the Netherlands defeated Felix Mantilla of Spain 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Also advancing were Jose Acasuso of Argentina, Mischa Zverev of Germany, qualifier Viktor Troicki of Serbia, and Victor Hanescu of Romania, who was leading 2-0 when eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia retired because of rib pain.