ST. PETERSBURG OPEN 2012
Garcia-Lopez Survives Scare; Cipolla Advances
St. Petersburg, Russia
by ATP Staff|
Seventh seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez survived a scare in his first-round match at the St. Petersburg Open on Monday. The Spaniard rallied from a set and a break down to defeat Russian wild card Evgeny Donskoy 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours and 12 minutes.
The No. 68-ranked Garcia-Lopez improved to a 19-19 match record on the season, highlighted by a semi-final showing at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart and a recent five-set, first-round win over World No. 11 Juan Monaco at the US Open. The 29 year old is through to the second round in St. Petersburg for the first time in four attempts.
The Italian, who is coming off a runner-up showing at the St. Remy Challenger (l. to Ouanna), saved eight of the 11 break points he faced and converted 71 per cent of his first serves to claim victory in two hours and eight minutes. He is making his debut at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard court tournament.
American Rajeev Ram also advanced to the second round as he defeated German Matthias Bachinger 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 27 minutes. Ram dropped serve once and broke Bachinger three times from seven opportunities.
The World No. 98 is making his second appearance in St. Petersburg and reached the second round as a qualifier two years ago. He awaits the winner between top-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny and Canadian Vasek Pospisil.