Ancic returns to first-round win at Australian hardcourt

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Mario Ancic won his first match since
leading Croatia to the Davis Cup, beating Frenchman Arnaud Clement
6-0, 6-2 Monday in the first round of the Australian men's
hardcourt tennis championships.

Ancic advances to face Belgian Xavier Malisse, who defeated
Australian qualifier Peter Luczak 7-6 (11), 6-3.

In other matches, third-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain beat
Austria's Jergen Melzer 7-5, 6-4, and sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych of
the Czech Republic outlasted Agustin Calleri of France 6-4, 6-7
(5), 6-4.

At last month's Davis Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia, Ancic lost to
Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia in the first singles match. But he
helped Ivan Ljubicic win the doubles before clinching Croatia's
first Davis Cup by beating Michal Mertinak in straight sets.

Ancic, who lost only two points on his first serve Monday, said
Clement was rusty after coming off a break.

"It was not his best day," Ancic said. "He was missing more
than the last two times we played and he gave me a lot of
opportunities to play my game. I was aggressive, a lot of times
finishing the point at the net."

Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt and former U.S. Open finalist Mark
Philippoussis will play on center court on Tuesday. Philippoussis
will face American Vincent Spadea, while Hewitt meets Jan Hernych
of the Czech Republic.