Ancic through to quarterfinals at St. Petersburg Open

Oct 26, 2006 - 2:53 PM ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Ticker) - Mario Ancic is taking advantage of his open draw at the St. Petersburg Open.

The third seed from Croatia, Ancic eased into the quarterfinals of the $1 million indoor event with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Dutch player Raemon Sluiter on Thursday.

Ancic was the only of four seeds in the bottom half of the draw to escape the first round.

Ancic, who is in 11th place in the race for a spot in the eight-man Tennis Masters Cup, next will face either Max Mirnyi of Belarus or Romanian Andrei Pavel.

In another early result Thursday, Czech Jan Hernych posted a 6-4, 6-4 win over Australian qualifier Wayne Arthurs, who had upset No. 2 Tommy Robredo in the first round.

Hernych will face Latvian wild card Ernest Gulbis in the round of eight Friday.

Also Thursday, fourth seed Tommy Haas of Germany will play Russian wild card Igor Kunitsyn. The winner will play Italian Potito Starace in the quarterfinals.

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