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Nalbandian cruises past Reynolds

The top seed David Nalbandian barely broke sweat when he defeated American Bobby Reynolds 6-1 6-1 in the first round of the Stockholm Open.

David Nalbandian is relishing being the top seed.
David Nalbandian is relishing being the top seed.

STOCKHOLM // The top seed David Nalbandian barely broke sweat when he defeated American Bobby Reynolds 6-1 6-1 in the first round of the Stockholm Open yesterday. The Argentine world No 7, making his first tournament appearance in the Swedish capital as he chases a spot in the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, was too solid from the baseline. Nalbandian, who became the tournament's top seed following the withdrawal of Roger Federer, needed just 55 minutes to win and now faces either the Frenchman Nicolas Mahut or the Swedish wild-card Joachim Johansson who were due to play late last night.

Johansson, a former top-10 player, announced his comeback from retirement last week. Earlier, the second seed Mario Ancic overcame a stiff challenge in the first set from Belgian Olivier Rochus before the Croatian eventually won 7-6 6-2. He will next face either his brother, Christophe Rochus, or Steve Darcis. The fifth-seeded Rainer Schuettler of Germany ousted Chris Guccione of Australia 6-0, 6-3 and will now face Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador.

Meanwhile, Jelena Jankovic has been officially confirmed as the world No 1, dislodging Serena Williams from the top of the rankings. This marks the second stint at the summit for Jankovic, who also held the spot for one week in August. Williams had held the honour for the last four weeks. * Reuters