Ancic Wins, Haas Hopes Dashed at St. Pete

Posted on October 27, 2006

No. 3 seed Mario Ancic kept his slim hopes of a Shanghai bid alive following a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dutchman "Everybody Loves" Raemon Sluiter in second-round play Thursday in St. Petersburg.

Ancic enjoyed nine aces and never faced a break point in the second set. He'll next plays Max "The Beast" Mirnyi, who beat Andrei Pavel of Romania 6-3, 7-5.

Russian Igor Kunitsyn stunned fourth seed Tommy Haas 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2, effectively ending the German's hopes of qualifying for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup.

"It was a tough match. At some points, especially in the first set, I was playing good," Haas told the AP. "If I held my serve in the ninth game of the first set, I would have won the match."

Kunitsyn will face Potito Starace of Italy in Friday's quarterfinals.

Also Thursday, Czech Jan Hernych took care of Australian qualifier Wayne Arthurs 6-4, 6-4.