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Murray rolls past Mirnyi in 52 minutes at St. Petersburg

10/23/2007 - Tennis

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.

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.