BET-AT-HOME OPEN GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011
Youzhny, Simon Reach Third Round; Ferrero Falls
by ATP Staff|
Fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny won 70 per cent of his service points, including six aces, to scrape past Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 7-5, 7-6(7) in two hours and 19 minutes on Tuesday at the bet-at-home Open - German Tennis Championships 2011. The Russian's last win at the Rothenbaum came in 2005.
Frenchman Gilles Simon also won his first match at the ATP World Tour 500 clay-court tournament in three years. The fifth seed dropped 14 points on serve to beat Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2, 6-1 in 63 minutes to become the first player to reach the third round. Simon's best result at the Rothenbaum came on his tournament debut in 2005, when he lost to Max Mirnyi in the third round.
Jarkko Nieminen knocked out another Ukrainian, 10th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 in just 86 minutes to join Simon in the third round. Dolgopolov hit 12 aces and converted four of five break points, but it was not enough to prevent his 29-year-old Finnish opponent from recording his 11th match win of the year.
Wild card Tobias Kamke, the 2010 ATP Newcomer of the Year, who advanced to his first ATP World Tour semi-final at the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships 10 days ago, beat seventh-seeded Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela 6-1, 6-4 to delight German supporters.
“I feel very well here. It’s my home. I live here, I practise here year-round,” said Kamke. “I just like the people watching here. I just get along with everyone very well and in front of your home crowd, to play good and to give a good performance is unbelievable. It’s a good feeling and I’m really looking forward for the [next] match.”
In first-round action, Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero made a cameo appearance when the former World No. 1 lost to German wild card Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, the youngest player in the main draw at 20 years, 6-3, 6-2. Two days ago, 31-year-old Ferrero won his 16th ATP World Tour title at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart.
Pablo Andujar - who is at a career-high No. 44 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings - comprehensively beat Julien Benneteau of France 6-2, 6-2 just two days after losing in the Ferrero in the Stuttgart final.
Radek Stepanek, the 2006 runner-up to Tommy Robredo, saved all four break points he faced and hit eight aces past German wild card Andreas Beck for a 7-5, 7-6(2) win in one hour and 55 minutes. The 32-year-old Czech improves to a 16-15 match record on the season.
Former World No. 14 Juan Monaco, who reached the third round in 2008 (l. to Seppi) and 2009 (l. to Ferrer), recorded his 15th clay win of 17 overall this season. The Argentinean defeated Italian qualifier Simone Bolelli 6-3, 7-5 in their first meeting for three years.
“For sure I’m really happy,” said the 43rd-ranked Kohlschreiber. “It was a tough match. I think he started a little bit better than me and had better opportunities to win the first set, but after he didn’t convert his break points, I came back a little stronger, made a break. I think the set advantage was very good.
“I knew he didn’t win so many matches this year, but of course if you feel great at a place like here – you’re the winner from last year – you always know you can play very good. I knew he was very dangerous today.