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Fognini moves on; Anderson ousted in Spain

4:23 PM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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Valencia, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) - Seventh seed Fabio Fognini advanced, while former University of Illinois standout Kevin Anderson suffered a first- round upset Monday at the $2 million Valencia Open tennis event.

The two-time 2013 ATP titlist Fognini held off capable Slovak Martin Klizan 7-5, 3-6, 6-0, while wild card and Spanish crowd favorite Roberto Bautista Agut upended the 6-foot-8 eighth-seeded Anderson 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in 2 hours, 26 minutes on the indoor hardcourts at the City of Arts and Sciences. Anderson bowed out despite out-acing Bautista Agut, 15-2.

Also on Day 1, Russian Dmitry Tursunov whipped Spaniard Albert Montanes 6-4, 6-1 and Spain's Marcel Granollers was leading Janko Tipsarevic 2-1 when the former top-10 Serb retired. Granollers captured this event in 2011 and was the runner-up in 2010. Montanes was a Valencia finalist back in 2004.

The top seeds here are last week's Stockholm runner-up David Ferrer and last week's Vienna titlist Tommy Haas. Ferrer is the reigning Valencia champ, also titled here in 2010, and was the runner-up in 2005.

On Tuesday, third-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro will open his week against fellow countryman Pablo Andujar. Almagro titled here back-to-back in 2006 and 2007 and was the runner-up in 2008.

The 2013 Valencia champion will collect $490,000.

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