Ivanisevic rolls, Pavel struggles for first-round


Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic advanced to the second round of the RCA Championships with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Brazil’s Fernando Meligeni. Ivanisevic, who has won 10 of 11 matches dating to his Wimbledon run in July, needed just 68 minutes to win the match between left-handers. The tournament’s 10th seed will meet Vladimir Voltchkov of Belarus in the second round. Voltchkov outlasted American Glenn Weiner 7-6 (6-4), 3 6, 6-0. Ivanisevic, the highest-seeded player in the opening round, said he could’ve made his match even easier. “I complicate my life,” the Croatian said. “I can’t do anything normally. Sometimes, when I play too good, I get bored on the court. I invent new shots. Meligeni landed just 48 percent of his first serves, then won only 13 of 33 second serves. Still, Ivanisevic wasn’t disappointed with his effort, which followed a one-hour rain delay. He fired 16 aces. What happened to Andrei Pavel of Romania was Mardy Fish’s second-set comeback. The 11th-seeded Pavel advanced with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 victory over Fish, but struggled before winning. Fish, a wildcard entry from Vero Beach, Florida, rallied from a 5-2 deficit to win the second set. Pavel responded by throwing his racket, but regrouped in time to win the third set. “I think I got frustrated because of the way Mardy came back,” Pavel said.

Among other first-round matches at the Indianapolis Tennis Center, No. 14 seed Nicolas Escude of France beat James Blake of New York 6-3, 6-3. The 16th seed, Tommy Robredo of Spain, eliminated Stefan Koubek of Austria, 7-5, 6-1. Todd Martin, the 12th seed from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, withdrew because of a right knee injury sustained last week in Cincinnati. He was replaced in the tournament by Cyril Sauliner of France.