Seeds crash out in Washington
Originally published on 26/02/10 11:09
Marat Safin, Feliciano Lopez and Mardy Fish were the big name casualties in the first round of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington DC on Tuesday.
It was business as usual for the top two seeds, though Andy Roddick and ATP International Series hard court event.
The two met in the final of last week’s ATP event in Los Angeles where 6ft 6-inch Del Potro won his third successive title.
Roddick got past qualifier Ramon Delgado from Paraguay 6-3, 7-6, while Del Potro won his 15th consecutive match by beating American wild card Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-3.
Elsewhere, it was a day to remember for the underdogs as American qualifier Robert Kendrick, Alejandro Falla from Colombia and Italian Fabio Fognini all got past seeds.
Kendrick took out third seed Lopez, 6-3, 7-5, Falla stopped fifth seed Fish 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 and Fognini profited from a neck injury to sixth seed Safin that forced the Russian to retire after losing the first set 7-5.