• Warsaw First Round Recap

    6/11/08 5:23 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Warsaw First Round Recap Gilles Simon becomes the only seeded casualty in the Warsaw first round, losing to Christophe Rochus in three sets. Top seeds Nikolay Davydenko, Tommy Robredo, and Juan Monaco all advance comfortably.

    Nikolay Davydenko d. Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2

    It took Davydenko just an hour and five minutes to dispose of the French Open doubles champion. Cuevas simply had no chance this one and he showed why he has been slumping in singles recently. The Uruguayan dropped serve twice in each set and he never even sniffed a break point against Davydenko. Cuevas also won just two of 22 points against the Russian's first serve. Davydenko should not have too much trouble again in round two against Jiri Vanek, a 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) winner over Carlos Berlocq.

    Christophe Rochus d. Gilles Simon 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

    Simon won one of the French Open tuneup events in Casablanca but he got crushed in the first round at Roland Garros by Radek Stepanek and now he is out of Warsaw after just one match. Rochus upset the No. 4 seed in one hour and 54 minutes on Tuesday afternoon. After a dominant performance by the Belgian in set one, the rest of the match came down to break points. Simon saved all four that he faced in the second frame of play while converting the only one he had to level the match at a set apiece. In the decider, Rochus saved both of the Frenchman's break chances and he converted one of his two looks. That was enough for Rochus to take the match and advance to round two, where he will take on Fabio Fognini.

    Wayne Odesnik d. Ricardas Berankis 6-4, 6-3

    Berankis won the U.S. Open junior title last year but he was not ready for the professional ranks in Warsaw. Odesnik, who recently enjoyed a somewhat surprising run to the French Open third round, gave the youngster a clay-court clinic over one hour and 24 minutes. The Lithuanian actually had some chances in the opening set but he squandered all three of his break-point opportunities. In the second set Berankis really wasn't competitive even though he won three games. Odesnik broke serve three times and lost just seven points on his own serve. The American moves on to round two, where second-seeded Tommy Robredo awaits.

    Robredo handled Polish wild card Michal Przysiezny in straight sets on Tuesday. Warsaw's third seed, Juan Monaco, also took care of a Polish wild card, upending Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3. Janowicz was the runner-up to Berankis at the U.S. Open juniors.

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