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.
"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.