KREMLIN CUP 2011
Motivated Tipsarevic Sets Tursunov Rematch; Chardy Finds Form
by ATP Staff|
The 27-year-old Serbian knocked out 2008 champion Igor Kunitsyn of Russia 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-0 in one hour and 55 minutes, converted six of his nine break point opportunities. It was his 45th match win of the season, highlighted by his first ATP World Tour title at Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2011 (d. Baghdatis).
"I am very motivated to do well in these last few tournaments in order to try and finish in the Top 10 and maybe qualify for London," he said. "I was sick in the last two weeks and had not played a match for nine days. The first match at a tournament is always tough so I am happy I could finish very strong."
Tipsarevic next faces sixth-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov, a semi-finalist in Moscow six years ago (l. to Andreev), whom he trails 2-1 in the FedEx ATP Head 2 Head. "He beat me in a very tough match in Tokyo two weeks ago so I am looking for a revenge," said the Serbian.
Tursunov proved to be too strong for France's Julien Benneteau in a 6-3, 7-6(1) win over one hour and 41 minutes. The 28-year-old Tursunov lifted his seventh ATP World Tour trophy at the UNICEF Open in 's-Hertogenbosch (d. Dodig) in June.
The Frenchman won 87 per cent of points behind his first serve and converted two of his seven break point chances to prevail in 84 minutes. Having defeated Potito Starace in a third-set tie-break in the first round, Chardy has now won back-to-back ATP World Tour-level matches for the first time since the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters, when he reached the third round (l. to Murray).
Philipp Kohlschreiber beat fellow 28-year-old Gilles Muller, the No. 7 seed, 7-6(4), 6-3 in 82 minutes, dropping just 10 points on serve and hitting 12 aces. Kohlschreiber is now one match win shy of recording 30 victories this year, highlighted by his third ATP World Tour title at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (d. Petzschner).