Monaco beats third-seeded Verdasco

PALERMO, Sicily -- Defending champion and top-seeded Nicolas
Massu of Chile defeated Spain's David Sanchez 6-3, 6-2 on Wednesday
in his first-round match of the Campionati Internazionali di Sicilia.

Massu, who won two gold medals at the Athens Olympics, will play
Italy's Potito Starace in the second round of the year's final ATP
event on clay.

In second-round play Wednesday, Juan Monaco of Argentina rallied
to beat third-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-4, 5-7, 6-3,
while seventh-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer came from behind to
defeat countryman Alex Calatrava 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

In the quarterfinals, Ferrer will play Russia's fourth-seeded
Nikolay Davydenko, who topped Spaniard Marc Lopez 6-1, 6-4.

In a second-round match, France's Olivier Mutis upset
sixth-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-3. Nadal was coming off Spain's
Davis Cup semifinal victory over France last weekend.

In other first-round play, eighth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the
Czech Republic beat Spain's Oscar Hernandez 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3.