NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Former top-10 star Fernando Gonzalez was a second-round upset victim Tuesday at the $750,000 Pilot Pen Tennis event, a final hardcourt U.S. Open tune-up.
Former top-20 Czech Radek Stepanek, a lucky-loser this week, upended the third-seeded Gonzalez, who's on the mend from a knee injury, 6-2, 6-4 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. This marked Gonzalez' first match since the French Open.
In other action involving top-10 seeds, No. 5 Kazakhstanian Andrey Golubev grounded Argentine Maximo Gonzalez 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 and No. 8 German Florian Mayer mauled Czech Jan Hajek 6-3, 6-1 on Day 3.
Mild upsets came when Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gabashvili topped 11th-seeded Belgian Xavier Malisse 4-2, retired, and Russian Evgeny Korolev clipped 13th- seeded German Michael Berrer 6-4, 7-5.
In other play involving seeds, No. 15 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan leveled German Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-1 and No. 16 Romanian Victor Hanescu handled German Daniel Brands 6-3, 6-4.
One other second-rounder saw Ukrainian Illya Marchenko douse Canadian qualifier Philip Bester 6-3, 6-3.
The 2010 Pilot Pen champion will collect $93,630.