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Monday, April 21, 2008
Ferrero, Querrey reach second round; Kuerten falls to Ljubicic

Associated Press

MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Former two-time champion Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Michael Llodra of France 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday.

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Llodra missed a chance to level at 2-2 in the third set, wasting two break points with unforced errors.

The 13th-seeded Ferrero never looked troubled after that. The Spaniard won the match with a lob after drawing Llodra to the net with a drop shot.

Ferrero won the title in 2002 and 2003. He next plays Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, who defeated ninth-seeded Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

Sam Querrey of the United States advanced by upsetting 10th-seeded Carlos Moya 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Moya won both the Monte Carlo and French Open titles in 1998.

The 20-year-old Querrey, who won his first career title at Las Vegas on hard courts last month, will play either Andreas Seppi or Agustin Calleri in the second round.

Gustavo Kuerten
Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, who retires at the end of the season, lost in the first round.

In his farewell tour, three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil lost to Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-1, 6-2.

Kuerten saved two match points but then hit a forehand long when retrieving a pass down the line.

"I wish I could play longer, but Ivan was playing really well," said Kuerten, who retires at the end of the season. "Now I can go home and rest and think back on my matches. It's nice to remember everything that happened in the past."

Ljubicic praised Kuerten's contribution to tennis.

"Most players play to win, but he did it for the love," said Ljubicic, who is 2-5 against Kuerten. "The passion he put into the sport was unbelievable."

No. 14 Andy Murray advanced by beating Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-6 (5), 6-4 and next plays Filippo Volandri of Italy, who beat Nicolas Mahut of France 6-2, 6-3.

Murray hopes that having two-time French Open finalist Alex Corretja as a clay-court coach will improve his play on the surface. The French Open begins May 26.

"The first thing you need to work on is the patience, and I did that today," Murray said. "Today I didn't play all that aggressive. I was trying to keep the ball high and deep."

Also, No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany beat Jose Acasuso of Argentina 7-6 (4), 6-3 to set up a match with Nicolas Kiefer, and Robin Soderling wasted three match points before outlasting Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3.

Mario Ancic of Croatia set up a match against second-ranked Rafael Nadal by beating Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4.

Kristof Vliegen of Belgium, Olivier Rochus of Belgium, Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador and Gael Monfils of France also won.