The Canadian Press: Fernando Verdasco knocked out in 1st round again, this time at Mexican Open: "Second-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain was knocked in the first round of the Mexican Open, losing 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci on Tuesday.
Verdasco was bundled out in the first round of the RMK Championships in Memphis last week by Canada's Milos Raonic, who beat him in the SAP Open title the previous week.
Bellucci converted 75 per cent of his break points and won 70 per cent of his service points to beat Verdasco in just over two hours late Tuesday.
Earlier, third-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain took a confident step toward his third straight title with an easy 6-3, 6-2 win over Victor Hanescu of Romania .
Almagro won the Copa Claro on Sunday in Buenos Aires and the Brazil Open the week before — both on clay, the surface in Mexico.
Fourth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland also got off to a winning start, defeating Pablo Andujar of Spain 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3) in the joint ATP and WTA event in Mexico's Pacific coastal resort.
Defending champion and top-seeded David Ferrer reached the second round on Monday."
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