Pavel falls after avoiding first-round ouster


MILAN, Italy -- Top-seeded Andrei Pavel of Romania lost in the second round of the Milan Indoors, beaten by Tomas Behrend of Germany 7-5, 7-6 (3).

Pavel was taken to three tiebreaks in escaping the first round. Behrend had the only service break Thursday.

Third-seeded Mario Ancic of Croatia, the 2004 runner-up, also lost, to Ukrainian qualifier Sergyi Stakhovsky 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3).

"I had never seen him in action," Ancic said. "He served very well and took advantage of every possible situation."

Stakhovsky, a junior finalist at last year's U.S. Open, will meet fifth-seeded Robin Soderling of Sweden, who beat wild card Gael Monfils of France 6-3, 6-4. Monfils won three of the four junior Grand Slams in 2004.

Also in the second round, fourth-seeded Radek Stephanek of the Czech Republic defeated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (5); sixth-seeded Rainer Schuettler of Germany downed Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-4; and seventh-seeded Karol Beck of Slovakia beat Andreas Seppi 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to eliminate the only Italian left in the tournament.