Hewitt, Gonzalez ousted in Barcelona; Tsonga wins
BARCELONA, Spain (AP)—Qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain advanced to the third round of the Barcelona Open on Wednesday after defeating fourth-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-3.
Ramos-Vinolas, ranked 161st, missed two set points in the tiebreaker but rallied in the third to clinch the biggest win of his career. The 22-year-old is competing in his first ATP World Tour event.
Eduardo Schwank of Argentina also advanced to the third round, upsetting 12th-seeded Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (3), 6-4.
The unseeded Schwank dominated the first-set tiebreaker and secured the only break of the second set against the former top-ranked Australian.
Last year’s finalist David Ferrer rallied to beat fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers 7-5, 6-4. Ferrer was 5-2 down in the first set before winning nine straight games.
Juan Carlos Ferrero advanced after Sergiy Stakhovsky retired because of an unspecified injury when trailing 6-3, 4-2.
Also, third-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2, while Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain overcame Teimuraz Gabashvili of Russia 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands also advanced, beating Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Other second-round winners were Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez, Ernests Gulbis, Jurgen Melzer, Thomaz Bellucci and Simone Bolelli.
A moment of silence was held on center court in tribute to former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch, who died on Wednesday.