Korda advances to the second round of Czech Indoor
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) _ In a match of home-crowd favorites, fifth-seeded Petr Korda put aside his physical difficulties and beat compatriot Daniel Vacek 6-3, 6-4 Tuesday in the opening round of the Czech Indoor.
Meanwhile, top-seeded Spaniard Carlos Moya defeated Michal Tabara of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4 to advance to the second round of the $1 million tournament.
Playing his best tennis since defeating Pete Sampras at the U.S. Open in September, Korda, ranked 15th on the ATP tour, wasted no time with Vacek.
The first set took just 30 minutes, with Korda breaking his opponent’s serve in the second game because of Vacek’s unforced errors.
Comfortably cruising to victory, Korda scored three aces in the fourth game of the second set, winning the match in just over an hour.
``I still don’t feel a hundred-percent fit,″ said Korda, known for his long history of injuries. ``I have problems with the cavities, and I might have surgery when the season’s over.″
In other matches, defending tournament champion David Prinosil of Germany beat his childhood friend, Rene Hanak of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7-4), 7-5; Sweden’s Magnus Norman took Radomir Vasek of the Czech Republic 7-5, 6-2, and Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands routed South African Wayne Ferreira 6-1, 6-0.