Sports Illustrated – May 20, 2007 – POERTSCHACH, Austria (AP) — Vincent Spadea upset fifth-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 6-1, 7-5 in the first round of the Hypo Group International on Sunday.
The 66th-ranked American broke Hrbaty four times as the Slovakian struggled with his serve. Hrbaty had seven double faults and faced 16 break points.
Hrbaty rallied from 1-3 down to lead Spadea 5-4 in the second set, but was broken again at 5-5.
Spadea will next play Diego Hartfield of Argentina, who beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, 6-2, 6-4.
Also, Michael Russell of the United States advanced to the second round by defeating Martin Vassallo Arguello of Argentina, 6-1, 7-6 (4).
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