Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic beat French veteran Cedric Pioline 6-3 6-2
DUBAI (Reuters) - Top seed Juan Carlos Ferrero needed just one set to ease into the second round of the $1 million Dubai Open Tuesday when his opponent retired injured.
The defending champion broke serve to take the first set from Bohdan Ulihrach 7-5 before the Czech pulled out of the match with tendinitis of the wrist. Spaniard Ferrero was joined in the second round by Australian Open (news - web sites) champion Thomas Johansson and Sebastien Grosjean. Third seed Johansson eased to an emphatic 6-3 6-0 win over Albert Costa (news - profile - photos), taking just an hour to overcome the dispirited Spaniard.
Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic beat French veteran Cedric Pioline 6-3 6-2, and Spain's Alex Calatrava overcame Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-3 6-4.
Distributed by www.CroatianWorld.net. This message is intended for Croatian Associations/Institutions and their Friends in Croatia and in the World. The opinions/articles expressed on this list do not reflect personal opinions of the moderator. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, please delete or destroy all copies of this communication and please, let us know!