The last winner of the Valencia Open, Catalan player Marcel Granollers, lost to the world number two, Rafael Nadal. The Manacor native beat his future doubles partner in the London 2012 Olympics by a comfortable 6-1, 6-4.
Meanwhile, the winner of the Valencia Open 500 in 2010 and co-owner of the rights to the tournament, David Ferrer, neither was the surprise result of the day, being knocked out by Uzbekistan player Denis Istomin in two sets (6-4, 6-3).
In the next round, Ferrer’s nemesis will be facing one of the other players in the line-up of stars at the last Valencia Open 500 - Juan Martín del Potro. The Argentinian and Fernando Verdasco played in the early hours of this morning with victory for the former by 6-2, 7-6 after a match lasting nearly two hours.