COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Gustavo Kuerten beat seventh-seeded Filippo Volandri 6-3, 6-1 Tuesday in the first round of the Brazil Open, snapping an 18-month victory drought.
Kuerten, a three-time French Open winner, has struggled to recover from a right hip injury and surgery in 2004. His previous ATP-level victory was in August 2005 in the first round of the U.S. Open. Since then, he'd lost his only match in 2006 - at Costa do Sauipe - and two round-robin matches in Vina del Mar, Chile two weeks ago.
The former No. 1, now ranked 1,076th and playing with a wild card, served 13 aces and needed only 46 minutes to eliminate Volandri.
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