KREMLIN CUP 2012
Roger-Vasselin Saves 4 M.P. To Oust Top Seed Dolgopolov
by ATP Staff|
French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin saved four match points as he ousted top-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(6) on Thursday in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. World No. 116 Roger-Vasselin saved six of the eight break points he faced to reach his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season in two hours and 23 minutes.
"Sometimes you win after saving match points and sometimes you lose after having match points. That's tennis," reflected Roger-Vasselin. "He probably made a couple of errors on those points so I got a bit lucky today. I also beat [Andy] Roddick this year after saving a match point (at The Queen’s Club), but I have lost quite a few matches from match point up."
The 23-year-old Dolgopolov dropped to a 30-23 match record on the season. He won his second ATP World Tour title at the Citi Open in Washington (d. Haas) and was runner-up to Andy Murray at the Brisbane International.
Second seed Andreas Seppi reached his eighth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season as he dismissed Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-5, 6-2. The Italian converted four of his five break points and won 81 per cent of points on his first serve to claim victory in 67 minutes.
"The first match is always difficult; I was down a break in the first set," said Seppi. "After the first set I started to play more aggressively, having got used to the court."
The 28-year-old Seppi has had a career-best season, reaching World No. 24 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings in June and winning his second ATP World Tour title at the Serbia Open in Belgrade (d. Paire). He was also runner-up at the AEGON International in Eastbourne (l. to Roddick) and the Moselle Open in Metz (l. to Tsonga).
Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, who has made one of the biggest leaps in the South African Airways ATP Rankings this season – going from No. 221 to a career-high No. 74 – reached the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over seventh seed Carlos Berlocq. The 21 year old, who has compiled a 32-9 match record on the ATP Challenger Tour this season, hit eight aces and broke serve twice to beat Berlocq in 69 minutes.
Janowicz goes onto face fourth-seeded Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, who broke serve five times from 14 opportunities as he dismissed Italy’s Flavio Cipolla 6-4, 6-1 in 90 minutes. The 24-year-old Bellucci came into Moscow having won only one match in five tournaments since winning the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad in July (d. Tipsarevic).