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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Krajicek, Becker Exit Italy Indoor

MILAN, Italy -- Boris Becker was out of the tournament without playing a single game. Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek went out following an exhausting battle of 36 games against Sergi Bruguera.

The unseeded Spaniard produced the first big upset in the Italian Indoors by downing Krajicek, the No. 2 seed, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6 at Assago Forum on Monday night.

Bruguera, 26, prevailed 15-13 in the decisive third-set tie-breaker, after surviving three match points in the first round of Italy's richest indoor competition. The purse is $815,000.

Bruguera served 11 aces and played precise returns on his way to victory in two hours and seven minutes.

Bruguera, currently ranked 47 in the ATP lists, moved into a second-round showdown against fellow-Spaniard Javier Sanchez.

Becker pulled out of the Italian Indoors, blaming continuing wrist pains.

In Becker's absence, qualifier Nicolas Kiefer kept the German colors flying high by beating French veteran Guy Forget in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4 .

Advanta Championships. In Pennsylvania, third-seeded Dutchman Paul Haarhuis outlasted Czech Jiri Novak 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 on Monday in the opening round of the Advanta Championships.

Fifth seed Jason Stoltenberg of Australia, eighth seed Greg Rusedski of Britain and seventh seed Alex O'Brien of the United States all lost their opening matches while fourth-seeded U.S. player Richey Reneberg withdrew.

Stoltenberg fell to Dutchman Sjeng Schalken 6-2, 6-4, while Rusedski was ousted by Sweden's Thomas Johansson 6-4, 6-2, and O'Brien lost to Spain's Juan-Albert Viloca 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.


Germany will be forced to field a second-string lineup in this weekend's Fed Cup tie against the Czech Republic after Anke Huber followed world No. 1 Steffi Graf by pulling out because of injury.

The German No. 2, ranked seventh in the world, said she would be out of action for two weeks because of a torn shoulder ligament. (AP, AFP, Reuters)