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Rosset, Manta and Heuberger out

Manta was beaten in straight sets on Tuesday

(Keystone Archive)

Marc Rosset, Lorenzo Manta and Ivo Heuberger continued the Swiss first round exodus on Tuesday, with all three players suffering straight sets defeat at the hands of higher ranked opponents.

Rosset, the former Swiss number one, lost 6-4, 6-3 to Argentina's Gaston Gaudio. Just two weeks after announcing his apparent retirement and then reconsidering, the 30-year-old Genevan was soul-searching again at the post-match press conference.

"When you have 14 break points and you don't convert one, it's a question of confidence and it's the same scenario week after week," he said. "It's more in the mind than being a matter of tennis."

"I have some personal problems to take care of," he added without giving further details.

After coming through three gruelling qualifying rounds to reach the main draw of the Swiss Open tennis tournament, Manta was beaten in the first round proper by Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti.

Manta is the first Swiss player in 15 years to have come through the qualifying stages at the Gstaad event. The last Swiss to do so, Roland Stadler, went on to reach the 1986 final, but Manta never looked likely to repeat that feat.

The 26-year-old doubles specialist from Winterthur was broken early in both sets on Tuesday and was unable to make any headway against Lapentti's serve, allowing the talented South American to wrap up a comfortable straight sets (6-4, 6-4) victory.

The Swiss Davis Cup team member has probably now seen quite enough of Lapentti for a while. Just 24 hours before his singles defeat, Manta suffered a first round knockout in the Gstaad doubles competition when he and partner Julien Boutter were beaten in three sets by Lapentti and Tomas Carbonell.

Heuberger faced the toughest of the Swiss challenges, after being drawn against defending champion and tournament fourth seed, Alex Corretja. Unable to find his rhythm against the popular clay court specialist the Swiss number four crashed out 6-3, 6-2.

by Mark Ledsom, Gstaad


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