UMAG, Croatia – Croatian wild card Mate Pavic upset sixth-seeded Juan Carlos Ferrero in the first round of the Croatia Open on Tuesday, beating the former champion 6-2, 6-2.
The 19-year-old Pavic saved all four break points he faced and converted four out of the six he earned.
"My coach told me to play my game and not pay attention to the fact that is a former No. 1," Pavic said. "This win means so much."
Ferrero won at Umag in 2010, defeating Potito Starace of Italy in the final for one of his 16 career singles titles. Earlier Tuesday, Starace beat Slovak qualifier Ivo Klec 6-3, 7-6 (6) to advance to the second round.
In another upset, American Wayne Odesnik beat eighth-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-7 (4), 6-2, 7-5.
Fabio Fognini of Italy, Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia and Marco Trungelliti of Argentina also advanced.
Fognini, a semifinalist in 2008 and 2011, defeated Karol Beck from Slovakia 6-3, 6-1, Kavcic downed Croatia's Antonio Veic 6-2, 6-2, and Trungelliti beat Paolo Lorenzi of Italy 7-5, 6-4.
In late matches, fifth-seeded Carlos Berlocq from Argentina eased past Croatia's Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-0.
Daniel Brands from Germany defeated Italian Walter Trusendi 6-1, 7-6 (8), while Ernests Gulbis of Latvia beat Spain's Gorka Fraile 6-1, 6-3.