Barcelona Open 2008: Mario Ancic Beats Andy Murray

Mario Ancic defeated Andy Murray 6-4 6-4 to become one of the first players to advance to the third round of the Open Sabadell Atlántico in Barcelona.

Mario Ancic scored his second win of the year over Andrew Murray to send the British  number 1 crashing out in his first match. The players exchanged breaks of serve in the opening set, with Mario winning a vital second break in the ninth game before holding his nerve and serving out for the first set. The second set followed a similar pattern, Murray wasting three break points before Ancic wrapped up the second with same scoreline of the first.

Ancic is rapidly re climbing the rankings having missed much of the 2007 season due to illness, he advances to the third round to face the winner of the encounter between Nicolas Almagro and Filippo Volandri. In Contrast Murray seems to be floundering in making up points in this period he missed last year. The promising start he made to the year is starting to fade and the progression he had to make on clay is as yet not quite coming to fruition.

Murray was the third seed to exit the tournament, following Fernando Verdasco and Jarkko Nieminen.

In other matches Nicolas Lapentti beat Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno Traver.