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As expected, Spaniards made a fine start to the 2011 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, an ATP 500 Clay Court Tournament, being played here at Barcelona, Spain, by winning their respective matches.
Well, the 11th-seeded Albert Montanes, who reached the semi-finalis here back in 2004, snapped a three-match losing streak in Barcelona as he beat the Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-2, 6-2.
On the other hand, twelfth seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez reached the second round for a second straight year after beating Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin in straight sets with a 7-6(6), 6-3 scoreline. The third Spaniard Pablo Andujar joined the pair in the second round after beating Gerard Granollers-Pujol 6-0, 6-1.
Colombian Santiago Giraldo knocked out the No. 13 seed Thomaz Bellucci from Brazil with a 7-5, 6-3 scoreline. Other winners of day were: Kevin Anderson, Juan Monaco and Victor Hanescu.
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