Ljubicic wins; Moya, Baghdatis upset

Updated: October 8, 2007, 5:15 PM ET
Associated Press

VIENNA, Austria -- Two-time defending champion Ivan Ljubicic returned after sitting out two weeks because of kidney stones, defeating Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4, 7-5 Monday in the first round of the BA-CA Tennis Trophy.

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Sixth-seeded Carlos Moya and eighth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis were both eliminated. Moya was upset by Austria's Stefan Koubek 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-2, while Baghdatis lost to Italy's Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 6-2.

"I was emotional coming back to Vienna where I won my two biggest titles," said Ljubicic, who will next play Mardy Fish or Nicolas Almagro. "A first match is always a struggle and I am lacking in rhythm."

The third-seeded Croat, who won the event in 2005 and 2006 without dropping serve, was broken at 2-1 in the first set after hitting into the net. Ljubicic served 15 aces and did not give Haider-Maurer any break chances afterward. He broke the Austrian at 5-5 in the second set before closing out the match.

Moya struggled with his serve. He faced 22 break points and lost on his serve five times. The 15th-ranked Spaniard came back from a break down to win the second set, but was then outplayed by Koubek.

"A great match, which I should have won in two sets," Koubek said. "I love playing Moya. His game suits me very well as a left hander."

Jiri Vanek of the Czech Republic rallied past Roko Karanusic of Croatia 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-6 (3). Vanek next plays second-seeded Fernando Gonzalez.

Also advancing to the second round was Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland, who rallied to beat Marc Gicquel of France 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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