Tipsarevic eases into second round

Wed, 26 Oct 18:04:00 2011

In-form Janko Tipsarevic cruised into the second round of ATP St Petersburg with a straightforward win over Belgium's Olivier Rochus.

Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia serves to Igor Kunitsyn of Russia during their Kremlin Cup match at the Olympic stadium in Moscow - 0

Second seeded Serbian Tipsarevic, who after years of struggling to record his first ATP Tour victory has won two titles in the past month, needed 94 minutes to beat Rochus 6-2 7-5.

Sixth seed Marcel Granollers lost his opening match, however, with the Spaniard losing 3-6 6-4 7-6(4) in a three-hour epic against local hope Igor Andreev to the delight of the home crowd.

Andreev will play Andreas Seppi in round two, the Italian having beaten Vasek Pospisil of Canada 7-5 7-6(4).

Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany also made the second round with a 6-7(4) 6-3 6-1 win over Carlos Berlocq of Argentina.

Meanwhile, local hero Mikhail Youzhny - seeded fifth - is safely into the quarter-finals after fighting past France's Julien Benneteau 6-4 3-6 6-2.

France's Adrain Mannarino is also in the last eight after beating Czech Lukas Rosol 6-2 7-6(5).


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