Bastad, Sweden (Sports Network) - Seeded players Viktor Troicki and
Fernando Verdasco highlighted Tuesday's first-round winners at the Swedish
The sixth-seeded Serbian Troicki handled Brazil's Joao Souza 6-4, 6-2, while
the eighth-seeded Spanish left-hander Verdasco topped Swedish wild card
Andreas Vinciguerra 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) on the red clay at Bastad Tennis Stadium.
The 32-year-old Vinciguerra was the back-to-back Bastad runner-up in 1999 and
Verdasco is fresh off a run into his first-ever Wimbledon quarterfinal.
Meanwhile, Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Czech Jan Hajek 7-6 (7-4),
6-1; Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker dismissed Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian
Schwartzman 6-2, 6-4; Spaniard Albert Ramos rolled past German qualifier
Julian Reister 6-3, 6-3; Slovenian Blaz Kavcic erased Romanian lucky-loser
Marius Copil 6-4, 6-1; and Italian Filippo Volandri drubbed Estonian Jurgen
Zopp 6-1, 6-2.
Additional wins came for Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen and German Jan-
Lennard Struff, who bested Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 6-3. Stakhovsky
shocked Roger Federer at Wimbledon two weeks ago.
This week's top seeds are former Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych and Nicolas
Almagro, who was last year's Bastad runner-up to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.
Almagro titled here in 2010 and was also a runner-up in 2007.
The big Czech Berdych, a Bastad finalist in 2005 and 2008, will
face Argentine Martin Alund in the second round, while Almagro will open his
stay against his fellow Spaniard Garcia-Lopez on Thursday.
The winner of this $560,000 event will collect $100,000.
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