Bangkok, Thailand (Sports Network) - Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez was an
easy first-round winner Monday at the Thailand Open.
The sixth-seeded left-hander whipped Serbian wild card Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-3 on
the indoor hardcourts at Impact Arena. Lopez swatted nine aces in a routine
An upset came when Dutchman Igor Sijsling took out seventh-seeded veteran
Finnish southpaw Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). Nieminen was the Bangkok
runner-up in 2010.
One other Day-1 result saw the Netherlands' Robin Haase dismiss Spaniard
Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 6-4.
The top seeds here are former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, U.S. Open
semifinalist and reigning Bangkok champ Richard Gasquet, Canadian slugger
Milos Raonic, and last week's Metz, France, champion Gilles Simon, who lost to
Gasquet in last year's Thailand Open finale and titled here back in 2009.
The 2013 Bangkok titlist will earn $102,450.
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