SHANGHAI ROLEX MASTERS 2012
Cilic, Gasquet, Querrey Advance; Dimitrov To Face Djokovic
by ATP Staff|
Tenth seed Marin Cilic won his first main draw match in four attempts at the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Monday as he defeated Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot 7-5, 6-3. The Croatian, who had fallen in the first round in 2009-2011, broke serve four times from nine opportunities to prevail in one hour and 33 minutes.
The 24-year-old Cilic is currently 15th in the South African Airways ATP Rankings Race To London and is looking to make up ground this week after suffering a first-round exit at the China Open last week. Four spots remain at the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
Eleventh seed Richard Gasquet made a strong start, defeating American qualifier Brian Baker 6-2, 6-3 in 70 minutes. The Frenchman, who recently won the Thailand Open title in Bangkok (d. Simon), capitalised on four of his five break points and won 77 per cent of points on first serve.
Grigor Dimitrov set a second-round clash with second seed Novak Djokovic after beating Spain’s Pablo Andujar 7-5, 6-3. The 21-year-old Bulgarian hit seven aces and converted both his break points to claim his 21st win of the season in one hour and 32 minutes. Dimitrov will look to claim his second Top 10 win in 14 attempts against the No. 2-ranked Djokovic.
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Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will open his campaign against fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire. The 23-year-old Paire saved five of the six break points he faced as he defeated German qualifier Philipp Petzschner 7-6(2), 6-4 in 76 minutes.
Sam Querrey fired 11 aces in a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Chinese wild card Zhe Li. The American is coming off his sixth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season at the China Open (l. to Lopez) and improved to a 32-22 match record.
"I feel like I'm playing better now than a year and a half ago when I was ranked No. 17," said Querrey. "I feel like I'm playing better now. I'm more confident. Felt good out there today. It was fun to play in that stadium. I thought I served great. I thought I returned well and I took advantage of the break points. That was the key."
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, 6’8’’, set a towering second-round contest with eighth seed John Isner, 6’9’’, after beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 7-6(4). Last week, Anderson snapped a six-ATP World Tour-match losing streak by reaching the second-round in Beijing (l. to Youzhny). He improved to a 26-22 mark.
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