Muller holds off local hope in Moscow

Tue, 18 Oct 18:35:00 2011

Seventh seed Gilles Muller fought his way past local qualifier Konstantin Kravchuk to make the second round of ATP Moscow.

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Luxembourg star Muller thundered down 19 aces, but was forced to save three break points in the second set as he won 7-6(5) 6-4 against the Russian journeyman, ranked 165th in the world.

Muller will face Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round, the German having beaten Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 7-5 6-3.

Fifth seed Alex Bogomolov Jr came through a two-hour battle against 21-year-old Serbian Dusan Lajovic.

Bogomolov lost the opening set against the world number 239, but fought back to win 3-6 6-3 6-4 after a third set in which both players had a string of opportunities to close things out.

Russian sixth seed Dmitry Tursunov cheered home fans as he beat Spain's Albert Ramos 7-6(5) 6-4, while Jeremy Chardy is also in the second round after beating Potito Starace 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(2).


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