Nalbandian Overcomes Countryman; Two-Time Finalist Monaco Bows Out
by ATP Staff | 01.02.2011
Top seed David Nalbandian overcame fellow Argentine Carlos Berlocq in his first-round match Tuesday at the Movistar Open, closing out a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win in just under two hours. Nalbandian broke for a 2-1 lead in the third set and faced down two ensuing break points.
World No. 19 Nalbandian made a strong start to the 2011 season, reaching the Auckland final without the loss of a set (l. to Ferrer). He also rallied to defeat former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt in a 9-7 fifth set at the Australian Open before retiring in the second round against Richard Berankis due to illness.
Nalbandian will next face another countryman, Horacio Zeballos, who began his 2011 ATP World Tour campaign by defeating Brazilian qualifier Ricardo Hocevar 7-6(2), 6-4.
Zeballos, the 2009 ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year, is playing his first tour-level event since a first-round exit last October in St. Petersburg. The 25 year old is looking to return to Top 50 status after dipping to No. 108 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings.