Ancic beats Galvani at Kingfisher Open

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Croat Mario Ancic outclassed his Italian rival Stefano Galvani to storm into the singles quarterfinals of the Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open on Thursday.

Ancic beats Galvani at Kingfisher Open

Mumbai:

Croat Mario Ancic outclassed his Italian rival Stefano Galvani to storm into the singles quarterfinals of the Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open on Thursday. Ancic, seeded second, brought off a 6-1, 7-6 (8-6) victory over Galvani to advance to a match-up with Stefan Koubek of Austria, ranked 118 in the world, who got past Nicolas Devilder of France, placed just a rung below Koubek, 7-5, 6-3 in another second round clash. The 22-year-old Split-born Ancic, ranked 11th in the world and having two ATP titles to his name, rocketed off to a great start by overwhelming his 29-year-old rival, who is ranked 108th, in the first set. However, Ancic, who has a 137-94 win-loss career record in singles play coming into the tournament, was matched stroke by stroke by his less fancied opponent in the second set, stretching it into a tie-breaker. Ancic was trailing his rival before drawing level at 4-all, but at this juncture Galvani committed two backhand errors to leave the Croatian second seed with a commanding 6-4 lead. (PTI)

Topics : Tennis
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