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Heineken Open: Murray bows out in 2nd round

The fifth seeded Croatian Mario Ancic defeated the Scottish teenager Murray 6-3, 7-6 (4).

tennis Updated: Jan 11, 2006 11:00 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Croatian Mario Ancic defeated Scottish teenager Andy Murray 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday in a second-round match at the US$430,000 (euro365,000) Heineken Open tennis tournament.

The fifth-seeded Ancic won the first set in 36 minutes, then gained a service break in the first game of the second as his young opponent struggled to govern a wayward serve.

Murray trailed 3-1 in the second set before reeling off four straight games to lead 5-3 and gave himself the chance to serve for the set in its ninth game.

He double faulted to give up his only set point, did it again to forfeit his serve and allowed Ancic to level the set and take the match with a single mini-break in the tiebreaker. "I had a lot of chances," Murray said. "I gave myself chances to beat a player who's played well in Grand Slams and won the Davis Cup and I should have taken them.

"He's way more experienced than me but I've got to start winning these matches and I think that will happen soon." Murray showed some outstanding touches Wednesday, hitting powerfully from the baseline then developing a clinical serve-and-volley game through the middle games of the second set. But he was also erratic and his temperament at times let him down. He gave up his serve meekly in the sixth game of the first set, allowing Ancic the only service break of the set, then put himself under enormous pressure when he surrendered serve again in the opening game of the second set.

Murray had six break points in the fourth game of the set, but Ancic saved serve with two booming aces and it wasn't until the sixth game, and his eighth break point, that the Scot broke back. Ancic, Croatia's Davis Cup-winning stalwart only weeks ago, didn't produce his best tennis Wednesday but held his nerve on crucial points to advance to the next round.

The 21-year-old Croatian described his match with the 18-year-old Murray as "a great match between young guys."

"It was an extremely tough match and in the first set the conditions were difficult and both of us were struggling on serve," Ancic said. "Hopefully I'm on a good run now."

Second-seeded David Ferrer of Spain preceded Ancic into the quarterfinals Wednesday, beating qualifier Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands 6-4, 6-3. Ferrer had two breaks to one in the first set and a single break in the second, clinching the match in 70 minutes. "Sluiter is a very good player. He has a big serve and it was a difficult match but I'm happy I played well and it has given me a lot of confidence," Ferrer said.

Chile's Nicolas Massu came from a service break down in the first set to beat Belgium's Christophe Rochus 6-4, 6-2. Later, Rochus' brother Olivier, the sixth-seeded beaten finalist in Auckland last year, tipped out qualifier Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic 6-1, 7-5.

In other games, seventh-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland beat Paul Goldstein of the United States 6-4, 6-3, Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland defeated Alberto Martin of Spain 6-2, 6-2 and Florian Mayer of Germany beat Robin Vik of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-2.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 11:00 IST