Ancic ousted in Metz
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:03
The 20-year-old Latvian overcame eight double-faults by smashing 11 aces and converting three break-point chances.
Gulbis, who is still searching for his first career singles titles, dominated on his first-serve points, winning more than 80%, to beat the Croatian.
In the second round, Gulbis will face Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who pulled out a 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 triumph over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Monday.
Argentina’s Jose Acasuso defeated compatriot Guillermo Canas, 6-3 2-6 6-3 and Carlos Moya posted a 6-1 4-6 5-3 win over fellow Spaniard Albert Montanes in Monday’s other games.
Moya could face top seed Ivo Karlovic in the next round. The world number 14, Karlovic still needs to get past his first-round opponent, Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.