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Viktor Troicki wins in two tie-breaks against Andrey Kuznetsov in the St. Petersburg first round.

Troicki, Youzhny Win St. Petersburg Openers

Troicki, home favourite Youzhny advance to round two

Russian Mikhail Youzhny opened his 16th appearance (2001-13, ‘15-17) at the St. Petersburg Open on Tuesday by beating Australian qualifier John-Patrick Smith 7-6(6), 6-4 in one hour, 33 minutes. The 2004 champion, with a 34-13 record at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, will next face third-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini in the second round.

Seventh seed Viktor Troicki fired nine aces and saved four of five break points as he edged Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6(6), 7-6(2) in one hour and 45 minutes.

"I think it was a good quality match," said Troicki. "I came up against a great player, a very talented Russian player, who I always had trouble with in the past. It was a tough one today, which I expected and I'm happy to go through to the second round."

Briton Liam Broady, currently No. 242 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, recorded just his second tour-level match win – and his first since 2015 Wimbledon – in sweeping past fellow qualifier and 2013 titlist Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 in 63 minutes. Broady, 23, will now prepare to meet fourth seed Adrian Mannarino of France.

Ricardas Berankis set a second-round clash with fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber as he defeated qualifier Daniel Masur 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. 

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