KREMLIN CUP BY BANK OF MOSCOW 2013
London Contender Gasquet Starts Moscow Campaign; Karlovic Saves 1 M.P.
by ATP Staff|
“Of course, I am trying to think about it,” said Gasquet, when asked about the battle to qualify. “I know that I have to play well here in Moscow. I want to do the best I can. I know it is hard to qualify but I will do my best.”
Gasquet will contest his 11th tour-level quarter-final of the year against wild card Teymuraz Gabashvili. The 27-year-old Frenchman has a 45-18 match record on the season. He recorded his most match wins in 2007 (49).
“I know him (Gabashvili) very well,” said Gasquet. “The first time I played against him I were 13 years old and he was 14 years old. He is a nice guy. I know he is very dangerous.”
Ivo Karlovic is one match win away from reaching the semi-finals for the second straight year. Karlovic hit 16 aces to defeat fifth seed and 2010 semi-finalist Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-7(10), 7-6(6). He missed out on two match point opportunities at 6-5 and 8-7 in the second set tie-break and was forced to save one match point at 6-5 in the deciding set tie-break.
Qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin knocked out fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-4, while Gabashvili advanced to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since June 2011 with a 6-1, 6-7(7), 6-1 win over Dudi Sela.
London Doubles Contender Beaten
Ken Skupski and his younger brother, Neal Skupski, knocked out London contenders and top seed Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau 7-6(7), 6-1. Mirnyi and Tecau are currently in ninth position in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings. Fourth seeds Michal Mertinak and Andre Sa also lost. Russian wild cards Victor Baluda and Konstantin Kravchuk won 6-1, 4-6, 10-6.