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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Safin Loses to Lopez in Second Round

ATHENS -- Former world No. 1 Marat Safin lost to Feliciano Lopez of Spain 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 Tuesday in the second round of the Olympic tennis tournament.

It was another early exit at a summer games for the ninth-seeded Russian. At Sydney in 2000, fresh off his U.S. Open victory, Safin bowed out in the first round.

"I had my opportunities but I didn't take them," Safin said. "The match could have finished the other way around if I had taken my chances. But if you don't take your chances you don't deserve to win."

Safin had been reluctant to come to Athens at all, saying tennis has no place in the Olympics and the tennis pros already had enough major events. But once at the Games, he changed his tune, saying it was "great to be here."

"It would have been important to win here," Safin said. "It is a lot of points."

The ATP is awarding points at the Olympics for the first time.

The hard-serving Lopez, who is ranked 32nd, will meet No. 8 Sebastien Grosjean of France, who beat Wayne Arthurs of Australia 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 for a berth in the quarterfinals.

Agustin Calleri withdrew from his second-round match Tuesday against Russia's Igor Andreyev because of a left abdominal strain, the latest in a string of pullouts by Argentine tennis players.

The walkover allowed Andreyev to become the first player into the third round; he will face No. 10 Nicolas Massu of Chile or Vince Spadea of the United States.

Calleri earlier abandoned his spot in the doubles tournament when partner David Nalbandian withdrew with a left thigh strain.

Nalbandian, seeded sixth in singles, was one of three Argentines in the top 10 who did not compete in Athens. No. 3 Guillermo Coria and No. 10 Gaston Gaudio, the French Open champion, said before the tournament that they were injured.

In women's action, Belgium's Justine Henin-Hardenne reached the third round by beating Maria Vento-Kabchi of Venezuela 6-2, 6-1.

No. 3 Anastasia Myskina defeated Kristina Brandi of the United States 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 to reach the third round, while Svetlana Kuznetsova passed Akiko Morigami of Japan, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.