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Carlsen Upset in Copenhagen Open

February 26, 2003

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) _ Kenneth Carlsen, Martin Verkerk and Mario Ancic were upset in the first round of the Copenhagen Open on Tuesday.

Carlsen, seeded fifth, was ousted by Switzerland’s Michel Kratochvil 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 in the featured evening match.

Verkerk, a Dutchman seeded sixth, lost 6-4, 6-4 to unseeded Anthony Dupois of France. Two hours later, German qualifier Tomas Behrend beat No. 7 seed Mario Ancic of Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (2).

Since the tournament started Monday, four of the eight seeded players have been eliminated with six first-round matches yet to be played.

Top-seed Jarkko Nieminen of Finland was upset by Olivier Rochus on Monday.

In other first-round matches Tuesday, former Olympic champ Marc Rosset of Switzerland beat Italian qualifier Massimo Dell’Acqua 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4), Jean-Rene Lisnard of France defeated qualifier Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5, 6-4 and Magnus Larsson of Sweden beat Frederik Nielsen 6-1, 6-1.

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