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Defending champ Almagro bounces Andujar in Valencia opener

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Nicolas Almagro, who beat Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3, is playing for his third title in Valencia.

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) -- Nicolas Almagro beat Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3 to make a successful start to his bid for a third title at the Valencia Open on Tuesday.

The third-seeded Almagro, who won here in 2006 and 2007, reeled off winners to break Andujar five times and easily advance to the second round on the indoor hard court.

Almagro said that he feels like he was rediscovered his winning form.

''I have been playing well now after a period when I was a little lost and didn't really know what to do,'' Almagro said. ''Thanks to the people supporting me I have found my way forward again. I feel strong, but I just need to focus on going match by match.''

Also, Bernard Tomic of Australia retired in the third set of his match with Mikhail Youzhny. Tomic was losing 4-1 after splitting the first two sets.

Giles Simon, seeded No. 6, was upset by Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-1, 6-0.

Fifth-seeded Jerzy Janowicz hit 14 aces to dispense with Pablo Carreno 7-5, 7-6 (7), and Joao Sousa defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 7-5.

Two favorites of the home crowd, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez, both lost in straight sets. Qualifier Michal Przysiezny ousted Verdasco 6-3, 7-6 (1) after Julien Benneteau thrashed Lopez 6-3, 6-1.

World No. 3 and reigning champion David Ferrer debuts on Wednesday against Gael Monfils, while John Isner plays Ernests Gulbis and second-seeded Tommy Has faces Philipp Kohlschreiber in an all-German match.

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