Nieminen upsets Ferrer in Rotterdam
Jarkko Nieminen upset third-seeded David Ferrer 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament on Tuesday.
Ferrer, an Australian Open semifinalist, served five double faults and won only 54 percent of points on serve in his first opening-round loss in six months.
Also Tuesday, defending champion Robin Soderling eased to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Robin Haase to reach the second round. Soderling broke the Dutch wild-card entrant in the sixth game of first set, forcing two more successive breaks in the second to win in less than an hour.
Soderling will play Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 7-6 (5).
In other matches, seventh-seeded Ivan Ljubicic beat Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (3), 6-3, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 6-4. Tomas Berdych cruised past Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2.
Andy Murray will play his first match since losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic when he faces Marcos Baghdatis on Wednesday.