Top-seeded Jim Courier had little trouble dispatching Richard Schmidt 6-3, 6-2 in the second round of the $1.4 million ATP Championship on Wednesday night.
"I felt very good out there tonight," said Courier, the top-ranked player in the world. Schmidt of Madison, Wis., is ranked 311th.Courier, who won the Australian and French Opens this year but was an early loser at Wimbledon and the Olympics, said he was having no trouble adjusting to the hardcourt surface, similar to what will be used at the U.S. Open later this month.
"I haven't had much trouble. So far, so good," Courier said. "I feel very comfortable here."
In the other evening match, David Wheaton defeated 16th-seeded Andrei Cherkasov of Russia 6-2, 7-6 (7-2). Wheaton will face Courier on Thursday.
Third-seeded Pete Sampras defeated Francisco Montana 7-6 3-6, 6-3, and eighth-seeded Ivan Lendl beat Gianluca Pozzi of Italy 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
"This was my first hardcourt match in three or four months, so I really kind of struggled," Sampras said. "My timing really wasn't there because I played so much clay court tennis this year."
Montana was involved in an automobile accident after the match and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. But he was not believed to be seriously injured.
Lendl, the 1982 ATP champion, has been fighting a back problem.
"If you're hurt, you have two options - you either don't play or you play and shut up about it," Lendl said. "You don't go and play and keep complaining."
In other matches, fourth-seeded Michael Chang beat Sandon Stolle of Australia 6-4, 6-3 and fifth-seeded Petr Korda of Czechoslavakia defeated Derrick Rostagno 3-6, 7-6 6-4.