Valencia:Top-seeded David Ferrer pulled out of the Valencia Open on Wednesday with a back injury.
Ferrer, ranked 16th, traveled with Spain to face the United States last weekend in the Davis Cup but didn't play in the 4-1 loss.
"They told me I had to rest for three or four days. I came back to Spain yesterday and I didn't feel well," Ferrer said. "But I still had hope that I would be fit today and had chances of playing but today I got up and I've felt same way."
Ferrer was replaced by Ivan Navarro, who beat Daniele Bracciali of Italy 6-3, 6-1.
Also, Alberto Martin of Spain beat Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, Alejandro Falla of Colombia easily defeated Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 6-4, and Potito Starace of Italy beat Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
In the second round, Nicolas Almagro of Spain beat Alessio di Mauro of Italy 7-5, 6-2 and seventh-seeded Filippo Volandri of Italy defeated Stefan Koubek 6-4, 1-0 after the Austrian withdrew with a left ankle injury.