Karlovic, Chardy Pull Opening Day Upsets

August 17, 2009 02:00 PM
MASON – Two of the four seeds in action on opening day of the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters were upset as 11 first round matches took place on Monday afternoon.

Ivo Karlovic, a semifinalist in Cincinnati in 2008, fired 21 aces as he took out No. 13 seed Gael Monfils 6-4 6-7(5) 7-6(2). Karlovic, who is 6-foot-10, has led the ATP World Tour in aces in each of the past two years.

France’s Jeremy Chardy took out the No. 15 seed Tommy Robredo 6-3 7-5. Robredo was a semifinalist in Cincinnati in 2004 and 2006.

Gilles Simon of France was the highest seeded winner during the day. The ninth seed defeated American wild card Wayne Odesnik 6-3 6-2.

Marin Cilic, the No. 14 seed, earned his first career win in Cincinnati, downing former World No. 1 and 2006 Cincinnati finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3 6-4.

Here’s a look at the Monday afternoon session results (as of 7 p.m.)

Men's Singles - First Round
[9] Gilles Simon (FRA) d [WC] Wayne Odesnik (USA) 63 62
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) d [13] Gael Monfils (FRA) 64 67(5) 76(2)
[14] Marin Cilic (CRO) d Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 63 64
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) d [15] Tommy Robredo (ESP) 63 75
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) d Mischa Zverev (GER) 61 75
Benjamin Becker (GER) d Martin Vassallo Arguello (ARG) 63 63
Igor Andreev (RUS) d Nicolas Kiefer (GER) 61 75
[Q] Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) d Florent Serra (FRA) 46 63 64
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) d Dudi Sela (ISR) 64 10 ret.
Jose Acasuso (ARG) d [Q] Lukasz Kubot (POL) 64 63
David Ferrer (ESP) d Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 75 62

Men's Doubles - First Round
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) / Fernando Verdasco (ESP) d Stephen Huss (AUS) / Ross Hutchins (GBR) 46 76(2) 10-3
Tomas Berdych (CZE) / Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) d Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) / Igor Kunitsyn (RUS) 57 76(4) 10-7
Robert Lindstedt (SWE) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) d Jeff Coetzee (RSA) / Jonathan Erlich (ISR) 76(3) 36 14-12

 

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