Rios Slams Muster in Senior Tour Debut

Posted on March 30, 2006

In a battle of former No. 1s, Marcelo Rios put an exclamation on his senior tour debut with a 6-3, 6-1 beat-down on Austria's Thomas Muster in Doha.

"I thought I was going to feel a little bit worse, but I've been practicing for the last month so I'm feeling pretty good," Rios said. "I'll try to enjoy it and play a bit more relaxed, but I also think when you have been at the top you still like to win. Everybody that comes here wants to win the title. I'm just enjoying playing again, taking it match by match. If I can win, that would be great. It's exciting to be back and I'm looking forward to playing good and just enjoying tennis for a second time."

Other winners Wednesday were Richard Krajicek beating Carl-Uwe Steeb 7-5, 6-2, and Henri Leconte coming back for a 5-7, 6-3, 10-6 win over Pat Cash.

The match between Cedric Pioline and Sergi Bruguera was halted by rain with Pioline leading 6-1, 1-1.

On Thursday in Doha are Bruguera vs. Pioline (to finish), Leconte vs. Rios, Bruguera vs. Krajicek, Pioline vs. Steeb, and Muster vs. Cash.