SWISS INDOORS BASEL 2012
Davydenko Holds Nerve To Oust Wawrinka; Youzhny Cruises Past Tomic
by ATP Staff|
Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko held his nerve in two tie-breaks to upset fourth seed and Swiss No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6(7), 7-6(3) on Tuesday in the first round of the Swiss Indoors Basel. Both players broke serve twice and Davydenko withstood seven aces as he claimed victory in two hours and 13 minutes.
The 31-year-old Davydenko, a former World No. 3, improved to a 24-22 match record on the season, highlighted by three ATP World Tour semi-final showings in Rotterdam (l. to Federer), Nice (l. to Baker) and Metz (l. to Tsonga).
Sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny converted five of his seven break point opportunities to beat Australian Bernard Tomic 6-0, 6-2 in just 57 minutes. Youzhny has reached nine ATP World Tour quarter-finals (or better) this year.
Swiss wild card Marco Chiudinelli improved to 5-7 lifetime in his hometown of Basel, where he reached the 2009 semi-finals (l. to Federer), with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win over Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in two hours and 41 minutes.
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov converted three of his six break points and dropped just 13 points on serve as he defeated eighth-seeded Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-2 in 73 minutes. The 21 year old improved to a 22-17 match record on the season.
South Africa’s Kevin Anderson enjoyed a successful Basel debut as he defeated Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 7-6(4), 6-3. The No. 39-ranked Anderson hit nine aces and broke serve five times from 11 opportunities to clinch victory in 85 minutes.
American Brian Baker fought hard to oust Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 in two hours and 38 minutes. Meanwhile, Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci prevailed against Japan’s Go Soeda 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to set up a second-round meeting with five-time champion and top seed Roger Federer.