KREMLIN CUP 2012
Former Champion Troicki, Istomin Beaten In Moscow Second Round
by ATP Staff|
Tunisian Malek Jaziri, currently No. 112 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, kept his nerve to beat third seed and 2010 champion Viktor Troicki 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in one hour and 41 minutes on Wednesday for a place in the Kremlin Cup quarter-finals.
Czech Lukas Rosol will attempt to reach his first tour-level semi-final on Friday after he beat sixth-seeded Uzbekistani Denis Istomin 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours. He improved to a 19-17 match record on the season.
Eighth-seeded Japanese Tatsuma Ito withstood 18 aces from Russian qualifier Konstantin Kravchuk to win 7-6(7), 2-6, 6-3 in just over two hours. Ito, who is now 10-15 on the year, also reached the UNICEF Open last eight (l. to Paire) in June.
In first-round action, Croatian Ivo Karlovic hit 20 aces past Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-4, 7-6(4) in one hour and 37 minutes. Karlovic has hit 448 aces in 30 tour-level matches this year. Poland's Jerzy Janowicz converted four of his seven break points to defeat Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-6(6), 6-3 in one hour and 34 minutes.
Russian wild card Teymuraz Gabashvili dropped to 5-9 at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, when he failed to reach the second round for the sixth time, after losing to Flavio Cipolla of Italy 6-4, 6-4 in 86 minutes.
French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin will attempt to reach his third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season on Thursday after he beat Russian wild card Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 14 minutes. Donskoy dropped to 0-4 in tour-level matches in 2012.