Kratochvil out in second round of Mallorca Open
The Swiss number three, Michael Kratochvil, has been knocked out of the second round of the $500,000 (Sfr863,000) Mallorca Open. His compatriot, George Bastl, enjoyed better luck in the quarterfinals of the men's doubles in Houston.
Kratochvil fell in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 to Germany's Nicolas Kiefer. The loss came despite a strong start in the clay tournament, with a win over Spain's Alex Calatrava.
At the ATP men's tournament in Houston, Bastl, a three-time Davis cup player, teamed up with Georgia's Irakli Labadze to beat Jan Siemerink of the Netherlands and American Jack Waite in the doubles' quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-4.
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