2 articles about Kiwi's win
Kiefer wins rain-delayed match in Australia
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) - Third-seeded Nicolas Kiefer of Germany beat Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Monday in a match twice interrupted by rain at the Australian men's hardcourt tennis championships at Memorial Drive.
In another match, Kiefer's countryman Florian Mayer beat Australian Wayne Arthurs 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. Arthurs lost his composure after being on the wrong end of a close line call and allowed Mayer to easily win the final three points of the match.
Arthurs left the court glaring and swearing at the linesman.
"It's not a nice way to lose a match after two hours out there," said Arthurs. "I'm not blaming that particular point. . . yeah I am a little bit."
Mayer broke serve twice and led 4-0 in the first set. The second set was even until Arthurs broke Mayer's serve and led 5-3, and two consecutive aces gave Arthurs the second set.
Mayer will play Sweden's Thomas Enqvist in the second round.
In earlier singles matches, Cyril Saulnier of France and Enqvist had straight-set victories.
Saulnier beat South Australian wild card Paul Baccanello 6-2, 7-6 (3), clinching the match after a rain delay late in the second set. Enqvist, a former winner here, beat Raemon Sluiter of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-1.
Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt of Australia plays his first-round match Tuesday against Arnaud Clement of France.
KIEFER ENJOYS WINNING START
Third seed Nicolas Kiefer made a solid start to his 2005 season with a three-set victory over Sjeng Schalken at the Next Generation Clubs Men's Hardcourts in Adelaide.
The veteran German dropped his opening service game but stormed back to win the next eight games on his way to a 6-2 4-6 6-3 success.
Florian Mayer - seeded seventh - survived 17 aces from opponent Wayne Arthurs to book his place in the second round with a hard-fought 6-4 3-6 7-5 victory.
The German clinched the match in the final game of the third set with just his second break of serve.
Number eight seed Jurgen Melzer outlasted Tomas Berdych in three sets, 6-4 4-6 6-3, while Olivier Rochus came from a set down to advance with a 3-6 6-3 6-1 win over Antony Dupuis.
The 1999 Adelaide champion Thomas Enqvist made a convincing start to the new season by breaking serve four times during his 6-3 6-1 victory over Raemon Sluiter.
In the day's only other match, Frenchman Cyril Saulnier downed Adelaide's own Paul Baccanello 6-2 7-6 (7-3).
Top seed Lleyton Hewitt will begin his season on Tuesday when he takes on qualifier Arnaud Clement.