KREMLIN CUP 2011
Bogomolov Beats Qualifier; Muller Hits 19 Aces In Opening Win
by ATP Staff|
The World No. 37 goes onto face Kazakhstani Mikhail Kukushkin in the second round. The 28-year-old American plays at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament at a career-high No. 37 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings, with a 21-17 match record on the season. His best result this year came at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, when he lost to Ernests Gulbis in the semi-finals.
Russian Dmitry Tursunov, the No. 6 seed, won 86 per cent of his first serve points and capitalised on three break points in a 7-6(5), 6-4 win over Spaniard Albert Ramos. The Moscow native is making his fifth appearance at his hometown tournament; he achieved his best result on his tournament debut in 2005, reaching the semi-finals.
Seventh seed Gilles Muller served up 19 aces as he dismissed Russian qualifier Konstantin Kravchuk 7-6(5), 6-4. The Luxembourg player converted his only break point opportunity and saved the three he faced on serve to prevail in 90 minutes. The 28-year-old Muller improved to a 17-9 match record on the season, highlighted by semi-final runs at the Atlanta Tennis Championships (l. to Isner) in July and at last month’s Moselle Open in Metz (l. to Ljubicic).
For a place in the quarter-finals, the No. 50-ranked Muller will face Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, who defeated Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq 7-5, 6-3 in 90 minutes having broken serve four times from six opportunities. The 28-year-old Kohlschreiber reached the last eight at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament on his past two appearances in 2006 (l. to Santoro) and 2007 (l. to Berrer).
French qualifier Jeremy Chardy will meet third seed Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine in the second round after he hit 23 aces past Italian Potito Starace 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2). Chardy won 77 per cent of his service points compared to 71 per cent to Starace, who hit nine aces.