KREMLIN CUP 2012
Seeds Istomin, Ito Win Moscow Openers
by ATP Staff|
Sixth seed Denis Istomin fought back to defeat Germany’s Bjorn Phau 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 on Monday in the first round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. The Uzbekistani fired 12 aces and countered losing his own serve four times by breaking Phau six times from 10 opportunities as he claimed victory in two hours and 11 minutes.
The No. 43-ranked Istomin evened out his season match record to 30-30. The 26 year old was a finalist at the SAP Open in San Jose (l. to Raonic) in February. He reached the semi-finals at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament in 2010 (l. to Baghdatis).
Istomin goes onto face Czech Lukas Rosol, who edged Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-6(9), 7-6(2) in one hour and 46 minutes. Neither player was able to break serve in the contest featuring 21 aces. Rosol claimed his first ATP World Tour-level win since reaching the quarter-finals in Kitzbuhel (l. to Kohlschreiber) in July. The No. 88-ranked Rosol shocked the tennis world when he ousted Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon in June.
Eighth seed Tatsuma Ito needed one hour and 44 minutes to overcome Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. The Japanese player converted six of his nine break points as he recorded his ninth tour-level win of the season.
Tunisian Malek Jaziri set up a second-round meeting with former champion and No. 3 seed Viktor Troicki of Serbia after dismissing American Rajeev Ram 6-3, 6-1 in 58 minutes. The 112th-ranked Jaziri lost just five points on serve and broke Ram four times from eight opportunities.
In doubles action, third seeds Carlos Berlocq and Alex Bogomolov Jr. defeated Lukas Dlouhy and Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-7(2), 6-3, 10-5. Also Monday, Evgeny Korolev, Konstantin Kravchuk, Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Michael Berrer all won in the final round of qualifying.