KREMLIN CUP BY BANK OF MOSCOW 2013
Stakhovsky Upsets Sousa In Moscow Opener
by ATP Staff|
World No. 98 Sergiy Stakhovsky cruised into the second round of the Kremlin Cup on Monday with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over seventh seed Joao Sousa. The Ukrainian broke serve four times as he prevailed in 79 minutes.
The 24-year-old Sousa was playing his first match since winning his maiden ATP World Tour title after a breakthrough spell in Asia. The Portuguese player reached the semi-finals at the St. Petersburg Open (l. to Garcia-Lopez) and followed with victory at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur (d. Benneteau).
Stakhovsky, a quarter-finalist at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament in 2009 (l. to Youzhny), recorded his 11th win of the season, which included a shock second-round upset victory over Roger Federer at Wimbledon. He goes on to face Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who battled past Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3 in two hours and 16 minutes.
Sixth seed Horacio Zeballos recovered from a slow start to beat Ricardas Berankis 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in just under two hours. The Argentine was a quarter-finalist in Moscow on his last appearance in 2010 (l. to Troicki).
Third seed Janko Tipsarevic will open his campaign against 17-year-old Russian wild card Karen Khachanov, who recorded the second ATP World Tour win of his fledgling career when he defeated Albert Ramos 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
In the final round of qualifying, Mikhail Kukushkin, Oleksandr Nedovyesov, Andrey Golubev and Aslan Karatsev all clinched main draw berths.
Fourth Seeds Reach Quarters
Fourth seeds Michal Mertinak and Andre Sa advanced to the quarter-finals with a 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 10-6 victory over Marin Draganja and Franko Skugor. Runners-up together four times on the ATP World Tour last year, Mertinak and Sa are playing their first tournament of 2013.