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The former Wimbledon runner-up Nalbandian overcame Canada's Vasek Pospisil
4-6, 6-2, 6-2, while the former Australian Open runner-up Baghdatis held off
Portugal's Frederico Gil 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 6-2 on the grass courts at
London's Queen's Club, which hosts this Wimbledon tuneup.
The unseeded former world No. 1 Hewitt was sent packing by 16th-seeded
6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic, 6-3, 6-2. The massive-serving Karlovic pumped 22
aces past the helpless two-time major champion Hewitt, who titled at The
Queen's Club from 2000-02 and again in 2006.
The fading Aussie star entered as a wild card this week.
In other action involving seeds, No. 9 South African Kevin Anderson overcame
British wild card James Ward 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; No.12 Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan
topped French qualifier Kenny De Schepper 6-4, 7-6 (7-4); No. 13 Russian Alex
Bogomolov Jr. bested Slovak Martin Klizan 6-2, 7-6 (7-5); No. 14 Gilles Muller
of Luxembourg leveled British wild card Liam Broady 6-2, 6-1; and No. 15
Japanese Go Soeda subdued German Bjorn Phau 6-2, 6-2.
Several other men reached the second round in London, including Americans Ryan
Sweeting and Sam Querrey, France's Nicolas Mahut, and Belgian veteran Xavier
Malisse. The lucky-loser Sweeting beat Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-4, 7-6 (8-6),
while Querrey outlasted Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4.
Rain washed out Monday's schedule in London.
On Wednesday, top-seeded and defending champion Andy Murray will face Mahut,
while second-seeded 2011 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will take on Brit Jamie
Baker. The two-time Queen's Club champion Murray beat the former Aussie Open
runner-up Tsonga in last year's marquee finale here.
Also seeing action on Day 3 will be seventh-seeded four-time Queen's Club
champ Andy Roddick, who will open his week against France's Edouard Roger-