Ljubicic, Querrey advance in Austria

May 20, 2008 at 8:13 PM
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PORTSCHACH, Austria, May 20 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Croat Ivan Ljubicic and fifth-seeded American Sam Querrey had opening-round wins Tuesday at the rainy Hypo Group International tennis tournament.

Rain has hampered play over the first three days.

Ljubicic beat Czech Jan Hajek 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, and Querrey beat Austrian Oliver Marach 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a match that had been suspended because of rain Monday.

Rain completely washed out play Sunday and, combined with darkness, forced seven first-round matches to be either suspended or postponed Tuesday.

Four other seeds had their first-round matches postponed Tuesday. No. 2 Argentine Juan Monaco, No. 4 American Mardy Fish, No. 7 Croat Mario Ancic and No. 8 Dutchman Robin Haase will have to wait until Wednesday to open their play. Monaco is the reigning champion, beating Frenchman Gael Monfils in last year's Portschach finale.

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