Nalbandian did better in Germany than in Italy.
After his disappointing performance at the Telecom
Italia Masters Roma tournament May 5- 11, David
Nalbandian improved his game at the Tennis Masters
in Hamburg, Germany. The tournament concludes
Nalbandian, seeded 8, reached the quarterfinals
with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win of No. 9 seed Rainer Schuettler
Before reaching Schuettler Nalbandian defeated
Frenchman Jean-Rene Lisnard in the first round
(6-3, 6-3) and another representative of France
Anthony Dupuis (5-7, 6-2, 6-3) in the second round.
In quarterfinals Nalbandian was to face Fernando
Gonzalez from Chili (seeded 15), who ousted tournament
favorite Lleyton Hewitt.
Meanwhile the clay surface of Hamburg wasn't
lucky for Sargis Sargsyan. He escaped the first
round with a tough 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 victory over
Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty but lost in the second
round (1-6, 1-6) to Swiss Roger Federer.
Agassi leads ATP with 372 points is being challenged
by Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrerois with 307.
Nalbandian is 30th with 89 points and Sargsyan
is 48th with 64.
Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian, representing Switzerland,
lost 3-6, 2-6 in the first round of WTA tournament
in Rome to Svetlana Kuznetsova from Russia.
Unlike Mikaelian, Magdalena Maleeva-Berberian
of Bulgaria passed the first round beating Silvia
Farina Elia from Italy 6-4 , 6-4 but lost 6-4,
4-6, 5-7 in the second to Tina Pisnik from Slovenia.
In WTA rankings Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian moved
down from 35th to 36th place with 871 points.
Magdalena Maleeva-Berberian is 14th with 1624