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Nalbandian begins Brazil Open with 3-set victory

The Associated Press

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Argentina's David Nalbandian beat Chilean qualifier Jorge Aguilar 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 in a difficult first-round match at the Brazil Open on Wednesday.Nalbandian had 11 aces and broke serve four times to beat Aguilar in 2 hours, 12 minutes in the indoor clay-court tournament.Argentina's Horacio Zeballos, who won his first ATP title by beating Rafael Nadal last week in Chile, retired because of nausea and fatigue while trailing Paul Capdeville of Chile 7-6 (5), 0-6, 0-3.Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo retired with a right ankle injury after losing the first set 7-6 (6) to Joao Souza. The Brazilian will face Nadal in the second round on Thursday.Nadal had a bye in the first round but opened the doubles tournament with a victory alongside Nalbandian on Tuesday.In a second-round match, Argentina's Martin Alund beat fourth-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4).


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