Nalbandian begins Brazil Open with three-set win

by: AP February 13, 2013

SAO PAULO (AP)—Argentina's David Nalbandian beat Chilean qualifier Jorge Aguilar 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in a difficult first-round match at the Brazil Open on Wednesday.

Nalbandian had 11 aces and broke serve four times to beat Aguilar in 2 hours, 12 minutes in the indoor clay-court tournament.

Argentina's Horacio Zeballos, who won his first ATP title by beating Rafael Nadal last week in Chile, retired because of nausea and fatigue while trailing Paul Capdeville of Chile 7-6 (5), 0-6, 0-3.

Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo retired with a right ankle injury after losing the first set 7-6 (6) to Joao Souza. The Brazilian will face Nadal in the second round on Thursday.

Nadal had a bye in the first round but opened the doubles tournament with a victory alongside Nalbandian on Tuesday.

More Stories

Eugenie Bouchard hitting with former coach Hogstedt

The pair worked together from the end of 2015 until this year's clay-court swing.

Remembering Sol Schwartz, a pied piper of the tennis community

A player, coach and advocate, Schwartz's dedication to college tennis was unmatched. 

Umpire Lynn Welch helped lay the foundation for her successors

Welch learned how to keep score in Slovak, Greek and Polish during her 22-year career.