Ancic Advances in Style at ATP Mumbai
Posted on September 26, 2006
Croat Mario Ancic had little trouble advancing to the second round at the inaugural ATP stop in Mumbai on Monday.
The second-seeded Ancic crushed Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-3, 6-2. He will next meet the winner of Czech Robin Vik and Italian Stefano Galvani.
Ancic missed more than two months this summer due to a back injury.
"It was not an easy outing in Beijing [last week] after coming back from injury but the good part was I got a lot of matches to play," Ancic said. "Now in Mumbai I will continue my rehabilitation and I hope I can go far. It is very hot and humid here and these are tough conditions to play in. I may have won in straight sets but it was not an easy match."
Also posting wins on the first day was No. 6 seed Bjorn Phau who defeated India native Karan Rastogi of India 6-0, 6-3. Phau was a semifinalist in Casablanca and was a quarterfinalist in Chennai, Dubai and San Jose.
British 26-year-old James Auckland earned his first career tour singles match win over fellow qualifier Frank Moser of Germany 6-1, 6-4. Also, Japanese veteran Gouichi Motomura defeated Jasper Smit of the Netherlands 3-6, 6-0, 7-6(5).