Switzerland's Marc Rosset overcame jet-lag and lack of practice to overpower Germany's Nicolas Kiefer 6-2, 6-2 and advance to the second round of the US$328,000 Salem Hong Kong Open last night. Second-seeded Rosset, serving powerfully, needed only 54 minutes to dispose of rising 19-year-old Kiefer in a match that was brought forward by a day. Rosset said he was happy that his form was solid enough to survive the first round against a player he defeated in three sets on his way to the title in February's European Community Championships in Antwerp. 'I really don't know how I feel about my game except that it was solid,' said Rosset, the world number 18. 'I got here on Saturday thinking I was playing on Tuesday. I couldn't practice much on Sunday because it was raining, and then found out I had to play on Monday. 'So I'm just happy I could win. Now, hopefully, I can have a couple of days to practice before my next match.' Rosset plays either wild-card entry Carl Chang or qualifier Brian MacPhie in the second round. He said that he had only been able to train for about 45 minutes on an indoor court since arriving in Hong Kong. Rosset, making his Hong Kong debut, added that he was not happy with the floodlights at Victoria Park. 'I don't think the lights were strong enough,' he said. 'I had a real problem with them because I was seeing the ball late and it was tough to play.' In the night's late match, Sweden's Henrik Holm, recently back on the circuit following a lengthy absence due to a shoulder injury, failed to convert three match points and bowed out to American Justin Gimelstob 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 2-6. Earlier, eighth-seeded Czech Danial Vacek became the first player to reach the second round when he beat Russian Alexander Volkov 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Vacek will now play the winner of the first-round match between Canada's Sebastian Lareau and the Czech Republic's David Skoch. The featured Centre Court match for tonight is the first-round clash between top-seeded American Michael Chang and Hong Kong's Melvin Tong. The match was supposed to be played on Wednesday as Tong is only due to return to Hong Kong from Davis Cup duty this afternoon. But organisers rescheduled it as the last match of tonight's programme. Third-seeded Australian Todd Woodbridge opens this evening's schedule against Japan's Shuzo Matsuoka.