Kohlschreiber advances in Auckland

Jan 8, 2008 - 9:58 AM AUCKLAND, New Zealand (Ticker) -- Seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber battled through the rain to claim a 7-5, 6-2 victory over American Michael Russell during their opening round match at the $464,000 Heineken Open on Tuesday.

The German Kohlschreiber was the only seeded player to take the court before play was suspended due to rain.

Kohlschreiber, who had previously never faced Russell, fired seven aces during the match and won 28-of-37 first-serve points.

The world No. 31 will next face either Czech qualifier Tomas Cakl or Marin Cilic in the next round. Cakl held a 2-1 lead in the first set when their match was postponed.

Despite the inclement weather, two unseeded matches were completed.

Qualifier Nicolas Massu of Chile advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over New Zealand's G.D. Jones. Argentinian Sergio Roitman also moved into the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 triumph over Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol.

Top-seeded David Ferrer, third seed Juan Monaco, No. 4 seed Juan Carlos Ferrero and fifth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen were also scheduled to play on Tuesday but had their matches cancelled due to rain. They will begin their matches when play resumes on Wednesday.

First prize here is $73,700.

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