KITZBUEHEL, Austria – Thomas Muster, a former No. 1 player making his latest comeback at age 43, was routed in his home country Monday, losing 6-3, 6-0 to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Bet-at-Home Cup.
Muster returned to pro tennis in 2010 after 11 years away and is ranked outside the top 1,000. He has won only one of 15 main-draw matches on the lower-tier Challenger tour and lost both main-draw matches at the ATP level.
"I don't plan to keep on playing forever, but I am still very much enjoying it," he said.
Muster, who won the French Open in 1995, was on his favorite clay surface against Kohlschreiber. But the fifth-seeded German raced ahead 3-0 before Muster managed a break and drew to 4-3. Kohlschreiber did not lose another game and converted his first match point, ending the match is just more than an hour.
"To lose the second set 6-0 is fine with me," Muster said. "It just shows that Philipp did not give away any points."
Earlier, Spain's Albert Ramos beat Igor Andreev of Russia 6-0, 6-7 (2), 6-4 to reach the second round. Ramos, who in Croatia last week reached his first semifinal, will next play eighth-seeded Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who rallied past Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Two more Spaniards advanced, Pere Riba and Daniel Gimeno-Traver. Riba downed Romania's Victor Hanescu 7-6 (3), 6-4, and Gimeno-Traver defeated wild card Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-2 in the Austrian's first match on the ATP World Tour.