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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bruguera Slumps Out of Swiss Open

GSTAAD, Switzerland -- After losing the top seed and the defending champion, the Swiss Open said good-bye to another of its stars when three-time champion Sergi Bruguera of Spain was upset in second-round play.


Following the first-round elimination of top seed and No. 5 in the world Yevgeny Kafelnikov and last year's champion Albert Costa, the third-seeded Bruguera was ousted by countryman Javier Sanchez 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 on Wednesday.


On Thursday, another star Wimbledon finalist, Cedric Pioline, dropped out, retiring from his second round match against Alex Corretja because of a sore right arm.


Pioline was trailing the second-seeded Spaniard 6-2 3-2 when he quit.


Sanchez's victory was his first win against Bruguera in four years.


Sixth-seeded Felix Mantilla of Spain, eighth-seeded Wayne Ferreira of South Africa and Switzerland's Marc Rosset also advanced to the quarterfinals.


"It's disappointing like anybody else going out in the second round,'' said Bruguera, who had won his seven previous matches against Sanchez without dropping a set. "But it's worse because this is a special tournament for me. Of course after seven years of playing outstanding tennis here, one year where I do poorly ... it had to happen.''


The 29-year-old Sanchez has lost in the first round here six times in nine appearances and reached the quarterfinals only twice previously.


"I didn't go into the match thinking I was going to win but I knew I had my chances,'' Sanchez said. "I was confident, especially after I broke him in the first set.''


However, after three unforced errors allowed Bruguera to break back and force a tiebreaker, Sanchez began to worry.


"I thought if I lose the first set everything might change,'' Sanchez said. "It was a tight match from then on so I was happy to win.''


Bruguera, who had a blood irregularity at the French Open which required time off, said a lack of physical fitness helped cause his defeat.


Sanchez will now take on Mantilla in the quarterfinals.


A loser in last year's final to Costa, Mantilla defeated compatriot Galo Blanco 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.


After losing the first set, Ferreira rallied to defeat Spanish qualifier Fernando Vicente 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 and will meet Rosset in the quarterfinals.


Rosset, 26th in the world, advanced with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory over 19-year-old qualifier Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia.