AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Tommy Robredo dropped just three games in grabbing a first-round victory in the Heineken Open tennis tournament in New Zealand.
Robredo, from Spain, needed just little more than an hour to post the 6-2, 6-1 romp over countryman Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.
No. 3 seeded Spaniard needed three sets but advanced with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win over Argentine Gaston Gaudio. Other winners Monday were Spaniard Alberto Martin, German Philipp Kohlschreiber, Frenchman Florent Serra, Belgian Kristof Vliegen and Italian Daniele Bracciali.
The $416,000 Heineken Open is a final tune-up before the Australian Open, which begins next Monday. The tournament continues through the week, wrapping up with a title match Sunday for which the winner will receive a check for $68,850.