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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kafelnikov Crumbles in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain -- Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov fell from the Barcelona Open in his first match Wednesday, beaten by Italian newcomer Stefano Galvani.

World No. 3 Kafelnikov, the tournament's second seed, lost to Galvani, ranked 137 in the world, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 in sets that lasted just one hour, 19 minutes.

Galvani, 24, had never appeared in the Godo before.

Kafelnikov's normally powerful forehand seemed to desert him, an absence that was most noticeable during the first set tie break with three unforced forehand errors.

Kafelnikov touched again on the idea of retirement, saying he expects the Russians to win the Davis Cup in December and that this would put the final piece to his career.

He repeated, as he has all year, that once he wins the Davis Cup he is ready to retire.

"Believe me, it's not fun to face an early exit like I did here today," he said. "Every tournament, every year that goes by, you get older. It's harder to be motivated to play at a high level."