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Bastl falls in second round at Shanghai

Bastl put up a valiant effort but was outclassed.

(Keystone / Arno Balzarini)

Switzerland's George Bastl has been knocked out of the ATP tournament in Shanghai in a two-set match against Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador.

The French-speaking Swiss, ranked 96th in the ATP table, held on for 70 minutes before dropping the match 3-6, 2-6, to the 20th-ranked Lapentti.

Speaking after the match, the 25 year-old Bastl said: "I tried repeatedly to go on the offensive, but he was always in control."

He added: "I'm not too disappointed; it was a good test."

Bastl had defeated America's Jeff Tarango to reach the second round.

Next week, the Swiss Davis Cup player will be taking part in a tournament in Basel on a wild card.

Meanwhile, his compatriot, Marc Rosset, has been defeated 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 by Carlos Moya of Spain in the second round of the Toulouse Grand Prix.

swissinfo with agencies


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