Ancic, Stepanek and Schuettler reach Round 2

Updated: February 1, 2005, 5:01 PM ET
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MILAN, Italy -- No. 3 seed Mario Ancic of Croatia, seeking his first title on the ATP Tour, advanced to the second round of the $421,000 Milan Indoors tennis tournament Tuesday.

Ancic, who took eventual champion Marat Safin to a fourth set in the third round at the Australian Open, defeated Bohdan Ulihrach of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 7-5.

Ancic reached the final here last year, losing in three sets to Antony Dupuis of France, who is not entered this year.

The other two seeds in action also advanced as No. 4 Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic defeated Italian Daniele Bracciali, 7-6 (3), 6-4; and No. 6 Rainer Schuettler of Germany ousted 2002 champion Davide Sanguinetti, also from Italy, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.

Stepanek is coming off his best career season, having climbed to 37th in the rankings in 2004. He reached the final of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, an ATP Masters Series event.

In matches involving unseeded players, Andreas Seppi defeated fellow Italian Uros Vico, 6-2, 7-6 (3); Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky dispatched Belgium's Cristophe Rochus, 6-2, 6-3; and Switzerland's Ivo Heuberger ousted Italian Giorgio Galimberti, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).

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