Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal knocked former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic out of the Estoril Open, winning 6-4, 6-1 in the first round today.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
Oeiras (Portugal):Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal knocked former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic out of the Estoril Open, winning 6-4, 6-1 in the first round today. The 17-year-old Spaniard looked sharper than 32-year-old Ivanisevic who was making his first clay-court appearance on the tour for nearly three years. The Croat, whose career in recent years has been disrupted by problems with his left shoulder, played defensively and had no response to Nadal's flashes of brilliance during the 65-minute match in the suburbs of Lisbon. At the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida three weeks ago, Ivanisevic retired injured after losing the first set to Nadal. Nadal, who turned pro in 2001, has yet to win an ATP Tour title. He lost in the final of the Heineken Open in Australia in January. In second-round action Radek Stepanek, who ousted defending champion Nikolay Davydenko in the first round, lost 6-4, 6-2 to Germany's Florian Mayer. The women's No. 2 seed Alicia Molik went out in her second-round match against Slovakian Henrieta Nagyova. The Australian took the first set 6-3, but Nagyova snared the second set 6-3 and won the final set tiebreak 7-6 (8/6). Third-seeded Frenchwoman Emilie Loit cruised past Ludmila Cervanova of Slovakia 6-2, 6-0, but No. 5 seed Barbara Schett of Austria had to work hard to edge German Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-5, 7-5. Katarina Srebotnik, seeded seventh, was eliminated after a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic. (AP)