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.
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
"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