QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN 2013
Youzhny Records 400th Match Win; Ferrer, Gasquet Win
by ATP Staff|
Mikhail Youzhny recorded his 400th career ATP World Tour-level singles match win on Tuesday.
The fourth seed withstood 12 aces to beat Benjamin Becker of Germany 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-1 in two hours and 19 minutes at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open to become the ninth active player to accomplish the milestone. He is the fourth Russian to reach the 400 Match Wins Club, joining Yevgeny Kafelnikov (609), Nikolay Davydenko (455) and Marat Safin (422).
World No. 5 David Ferrer was made to work hard for a place second round. Coming off a career-best season in which he led the ATP World Tour with seven titles and 76 match wins, he defeated qualifier Dustin Brown 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 34 minutes. “In the first set it was 5-all. I didn't serve so good, and he played better than me,” admitted Ferrer. “I tried to fight every point and finally I won.”
Second seed Richard Gasquet said he was “happy to win the first match of the year”, after he beat qualifier Jan Hernych 6-3, 6-4 in 76 minutes. “It's never easy, always tense. I didn't play in a tournament for two months. The first five games were difficult for me.”
Poland’s Lukasz Kubot defeated Feliciano Lopez for the first time in three career meetings, ousting the seventh-seeded Spaniard 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 16 minutes. Kubot broke Lopez five times from nine opportunities, while dropping serve twice.
Frenchman Gael Monfils, the 2006 and 2012 runner-up, improved to 14-5 in Doha after he beat local wild card Mousa Shanan Zayed 6-0, 6-3 in 48 minutes. “I think it was a good start,” said Monfils. “I think my opponent was a bit nervous today, and then it's always tough for a young player to play at his home tournament.”
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