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Bogomolov Saves M.P. To Beat Querrey In Memphis

Memphis, U.S.A.

Bogomolov © Memphis Tennis/Alex SmithAlex Bogomolov Jr. upsets past champion Sam Querrey in Memphis.

Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. saved one match point in the third set tie-break to upset 2010 champion and No. 6 seed Sam Querrey on Tuesday night at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis.

The 96th-ranked Bogomolov prevailed 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) after two hours and two minutes, for his first tour-level main draw win since the US Open. Querrey, who finished with 18 aces, lost his fourth straight match to drop to a 3-6 season record. 

Ivo Karlovic fired up his fearsome serve as he dismissed Australian Matthew Ebden 7-5, 6-4 to reach the second round. Karlovic fired 14 aces and did not face a break point to advance to a meeting with second seed Feliciano Lopez, who had a bye in the first round.

Karlovic, who put 76 per cent of first serves into play, improved to a 3-3 win-loss record on the year. Last week he reached the second round in Zagreb, falling to fellow Croatian Ivan Dodig.

Eighth-seeded Kazakhstani Mikhail Kukushkin won his second match of the season when he defeated Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 7-6(9), 7-5. He next faces American Alex Kuznetsov, who defeated Belgian David Goffin 6-4, 6-3 in a first-round meeting between qualifiers.

Two other Americans, Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock, also won their first-round matches. Harrison eased past German Bjorn Phau 6-3, 6-4 in 67 minutes, while Sock went the distance in a 7-5, 1-6, 7-6(5) win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in just over two hours.

Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis claimed his first win of the year with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against American qualifier Rajeev Ram.

German Benjamin Becker set a second-round clash with top seed and defending champion Kei Nishikori after defeating Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-2. Becker defeated Nishikori in their one previous meeting, four years ago in Delray Beach.

In doubles action, Australians Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt teamed up for a 6-7(2), 6-4, 10-7 win over Tomasz Bednarek and Karlovic. Meanwhile, Frantisek Cermak and Mikhail Elgin knocked out fourth seeds Samuel Groth and Max Mirnyi 6-2, 7-6(4).

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