Sanguinetti ousts Nalbandian

TERRY KOSHAN and STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

It's not easy being a big name at the Rogers Cup.

With Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi already having withdrawn from the tournament, the third seed fell in the first round.

Ranked No. 68 in the world, Davide Sanguinetti of Italy rolled over No. 3 David Nalbandian of Argentina 6-1, 6-2.

"I had a headache, maybe a little bit of a fever," Nalbandian said. "So I didn't feel really good to try to push myself to play good. He didn't give me any chance."

At 33, Sanguinetti is nine years older than Nalbandian.

"I love to see an old guy who can win against the young guys," Sanguinetti said. "It's great. I was relaxed. If I lose, it's not a shame to lose to the No. 3 in the world."

RUSEDSKI'S LAST RUN?

Greg Rusedski, who turned his back on Canada in 1995 to represent Great Britain, has in all likelihood played in his final tournament in Toronto. Rusedski figured he would play next summer at the tournament in his native Montreal but probably will not be around for Toronto in 2008.

The 32-year-old, whose mother Helen was born in Great Britain, has been hampered by torn cartilage in his hip. Rusedski lost 6-4, 6-2 in the first round to Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.

"I just want to see what I have left in my tennis and whether I can get through this (injury)," Rusedski said. "It's always a challenge. If I have to have surgery, I would have to assume that would be it.

"I think time kind of heals things (since he started playing for Great Britain). You mature, you change. Even (yesterday) the fans were very polite, very nice. I have nothing to complain about."

ROGERS MESS

"Canada's clearest wireless network." It's on the back of the Rogers Cup tennis program. That's nice. It just isn't so.

At a tennis tournament sponsored by Rogers, Rogers cellphones couldn't be used yesterday, the wireless network didn't work and the phone lines were wonky.

BRIEFLY

Tennis Canada and Rogers unveiled the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame. The first three members, inducted last night, are Ivan Lendl, Roy Emerson and Bob Bedard. The inaugural induction was part of the 125th anniversary celebration of the tournament on Centre Court ... Bjorn Phau of Germany and Jose Acasuso of Argentina engaged in a marathon tiebreaker to determine their second set. Acasuso won 20-18, the longest tiebreaker in tournament history, to take the set 7-6 and the match. It was just the fifth time since 1973 in any men's professional tournament that a tiebreaker went to 20-18.


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