Murray rolls past Mirnyi in 52 minutes at St. Petersburg

Updated: October 23, 2007, 11:35 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Second-seeded Andy Murray defeated Max Mirnyi 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday and advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Open.

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The 16th-ranked Murray broke Mirnyi twice in each set to win in 52 minutes.

''Andy has surpassed me in all aspects today,'' Mirnyi said. ''He has neutralized my attacking game with passing shots and there were no doubts about the winner of the match.''

Earlier, defending champion Mario Ancic defeated Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador 6-4, 6-1.

After trading breaks early in the first set, Ancic made a decisive break in the ninth game of the first set. He then won four consecutive games in the second set.

Ancic, who missed most of the season after injuring his shoulder in February, is returning to form. He's reached the quarterfinals in Stockholm and Madrid in the last two weeks.

Also, qualifier Marin Cilic ousted wild card Michail Elgin 6-3, 6-4, Simone Bolelli defeated veteran Jonas Bjorkman 7-6 (8), 6-2, and qualifier Lukas Dlouhy beat wild card Pavel Chekhov 7-6 (5), 6-4.


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