Gabashvili test for Nadal
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:23
Gabashvili, ranked 72nd in the world, beat 40th-placed Bolelli 6-4 4-6 6-4 to set up a meeting with the Spanish superstar.
Nadal, given a bye through the first round, has already won the Australian Open and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells this year.
In other action four qualifiers made it through to the second round.
American Amer Delic beat Steve Darcis of Belgium 6-4 7-6 (7/2) in a match which was closely contested.
Delic’s compatriot John Isner joined him in the next round with a 6-4 6-4 win over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Portugal’s Frederico Gil beat Alexander Zverev 7-6 (9/7) 6-2 while German Benjamin Becker was a straightforward 6-4 6-3 winner against American wildcard Jesse Levine.
Elsewhere, world number 39 Andreas Seppi of Italy beat Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6 (8/6) 6-1.
Argentinian Martin Vassallo Arguello beat Potito Starace of Italy 7-6 (11/9) 6-4, Chilean veteran Nicolas Massu beat American wildcard Ryan Sweeting 6-4 7-6 (7/2) and American world number 47 Sam Querrey was a 6-4 6-3 winner over Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.