KREMLIN CUP 2012
Bogomolov Beats Davydenko In Moscow; Berlocq Tested
by ATP Staff|
In an all-Russian first-round contest at the Kremlin Cup on Tuesday, Alex Bogomolov Jr., ousted fifth seed and three-time former champion Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 6-4. In a match featuring 10 breaks of serve, the No. 96-ranked Bogomolov, converted six of his 13 break point opportunities to prevail in one hour and 34 minutes.
"It was emotionally tough on both of us, especially playing in our homeland," said Bogomolov. "I was very aggressive to end the first set and then went up 4-0 in the second set. Again, Nikolay displayed some great tennis from the back of the court and was able to climb back to 4-4. I kept my composure and I think that was the main reason I was able to pull it out."
Former World No. 3 Davydenko won the Moscow title in 2004 (d. Rusedski), 2006 (d. Safin) and 2007 (d. Mathieu). The 31 year old dropped to a 19-7 tournament record. The 29-year-old Bogomolov, reached the quarter-finals on his debut in Moscow last year.
Seventh seed Carlos Berlocq overcame a slow start to defeat Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Both players broke serve three times in the 2hr., 13min., encounter, in which Berlocq won nine points less than Kuznetsov.
Russian Konstantin Kravchuk won 72 per cent of his service points and hit 16 aces past fellow qualifier Evgeny Korolev of Kazakhstan for a 6-4, 6-3 victory in 71 minutes. It was only his third ATP World Tour-level win.
Dutchman Igor Sijsling set a clash with second seed Andreas Seppi after beating German qualifier Michael Berrer 7-6(7), 6-3 in just over 90 minutes. The 25 year old is making his debut at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament.