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Tennis: Moya, Grosjean, Ljubicic lose at Mercedes

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posted on Jul, 17 2003 @ 08:41 AM
Top-seeded Carlos Moya and Wimbledon semifinalist Sebastien Grosjean lost in the second round of the Mercedes Cup on Wednesday.

Moya was defeated 7-6 (5), 7-6 (2) by Tomas Behrend, and the fourth-seeded Grosjean failed to make the transition from the Wimbledon grass to the slow red clay in Stuttgart, losing 6-2, 6-1 to Filippo Volandri.

Behrend kept Moya under pressure, rallying from 5-6 in the first set and overcoming a 2-5 deficit in the tiebreaker.

Behrend had five match points in the second set. Moya had a service winner to save the first, but then hit a forehand long.

Moya, a former world No. 1, is the first top-10 player Behrend has beaten.

"This is sensational," Behrend said. "I wasn't nervous at all, I was always just thinking of the next point.

"I had no choice, I had to be aggressive."

In other matches, David Ferrer defeated 16th-seeded Ivan Ljubicic, 7-6 (3), 6-1, and fifth-seeded Jiri Novak beat Sargis Sargsian 6-4, 6-4.

Defending champion Mikhail Youzhny beat Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, and No. 15 Alex Corretja saved four match points and beat Olivier Rochus 4-6, 6-1, 7-5.

Sixth-seeded Fernando Gonzalez defeated Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, ninth-seeded Tommy Robredo overcame a loss in the first set to beat Lars Burgsmueller 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-5, and Jarkko Nieminen stopped Alberto Martin 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

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