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Youzhny Dismisses Baker In Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden

Youzhny© K. Brunstrom/If Stockholm OpenMikhail Youzhny notched his 30th match win of the season.

Sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny opened his If Stockholm Open campaign on Monday with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over American Brian Baker. The Russian won 54 per cent of his return points as he broke the No. 56-ranked Baker five times for victory in 77 minutes.

The 30-year-old Youzhny claimed his 30th match win of the season (30-18 record). The Muscovite captured his eighth ATP World Tour title at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors in February (d. Lacko) and was a semi-finalist at the St. Petersburg Open (l. to Klizan) and the Gerry Weber Open in Halle (l. to Federer).

Finland's Jarkko Nieminen, the No. 8 seed, advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over German Tobias Kamke. Nieminen saved seven of the eight break points faced on serve, while going three for nine on his chances.

Nieminen, 31, is making his 13th straight appearance at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament and improved to a 23-12 record in Stockholm. He reached the final in 2001 (l. to Schalken), 2006 (l. to Blake) and 2011 (l. to Monfils).

In first-round doubles action, rookie pairing Kevin Anderson and Jonathan Erlich upset fourth seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky 7-5, 6-4 in 76 minutes. Gonzalez and Lipsky have won three ATP World Tour titles this season and dropped to an 18-12 team record.

In the final round of qualifying, Federico Delbonis, Maxime Teixeira, Marius Copil and Yannick Mertens all won to secure main draw berths.

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