Vahaly shocks Ferrero in second round


INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- While Andy Roddick was expected to advance on Wednesday at the Pacific Life Open, fellow American Brian Vahaly -- a qualifier -- was not.


Brian Vahaly toppled No. 3 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero.


Vahaly toppled No. 3 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the round of 16. Vahaly, one of the few players on the tour who finished college, entered the tournament after some withdrawals to oust the highest seed so far.

No. 4 seed Roger Federer and No. 13 Tim Henman also crashed out of the second round.

Roddick dominated with his booming serves and defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-3.

Roddick, 20, whose serves frequently hit the mid 130-mph range and sometimes go into the 140s, won 24 of 28 points on his first serves and had seven aces against his Spanish opponent. Lopez won 14 of 21 points on his first serve.

The night before, Roddick clocked one ace at 142 mph in a 6-4, 6-4 win over Thomas Enqvist.

Asked the best part of his game against Lopez, Roddick shot back, "Serve.''

He added, "But that's something I can normally count on. Outside of that, I feel like I played pretty well.''

Gustavo Kuerten, already off to a good start this year, knocked off fourth-seeded Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) in their second-round match.

Kuerten, a 26-year-old Brazilian, won his first tournament of 2003, in New Zealand, and is 15-4 in matches this year, including 8-1 on hard courts.

Federer, a 21-year-old from Switzerland, also got off to a quick start this year, winning titles in Marseille, France, and Dubai. He had dropped only four of his 21 matches before losing to Kuerten.

Henman, who underwent shoulder surgery in November and notched his first win of 2003 on Tuesday, had trouble penetrating the muscular Agustin Calleri and did not serve well enough to keep Calleri at bay. Calleri won 6-4, 7-6 (4)

The Argentine now plays triple French Open champion Kuerten.


Also advancing were top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt, who defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-3, 6-2; Marat Safin, who beat 1999 Indian Wells champion Mark Philippoussis 6-4, 6-3; and James Blake beat Juan Ignacio Chela 6-1, 6-4.

Ninth-seeded Jiri Novak withdrew from his second-round match against Robby Ginepri because of flu-like symptoms.