ATP Tour St. Petersburg Open 2013: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2013

ATP Tour St. Petersburg Open 2013: Daily Scores, Results and Schedule

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    With few tournaments remaining to end the year on a strong note, a number of top players will take their talents to Russia for the St. Petersburg Open.

    This 32-person event is one of the first indoor tournaments of the year. The competitors will play on a hard court in an effort to win their share of the prize money as well as 250 points toward the World Rankings.

    Running from Sept. 16 to Sept. 22, the field includes notable names like Fabio Fognini, Mikhail Youzhny and Janko Tipsarevic among others to make it an exciting event throughout.

    Follow along on the Tennis Channel and online at TennisTV.com, as well as right here to keep track of all the latest action.

     

Day 1

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    Results (via ATPWorldTour.com)

    Qualifying

    Dominic Inglot def. Alexander Kudryavtsev; 7-6(7), 7-6(3)

    Mikhail Biryukov def. Valery Rudnev; 6-4, 6-4

    Samuel Groth def. Victor Baluda; 6-4, 6-3

    Konstantin Kravchuk def. Alexander Bury; 6-4, 7-6(4)

    First Round

    Karen Khachanov def. Victor Hanescu; 7-6(4), 7-6(4)

    No. 2 Mikhail Youzhny def. Aslan Karatsev; 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-2

    Andrey Golubev def. Jan-Lennard Struff; 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-1

     

    Recap

    Monday's action included the final day of qualifying, as well as the first round of the main bracket.

    One player to keep an eye on is Konstantin Kravchuk, who was the first seed in the qualifying tournament. A straight-set victory over Alexander Bury puts in him in a winnable first match against Horacio Zeballos.

    While Zeballos has a win over Rafael Nadal this season, he is only 2-4 on hard courts entering the week.

    Meanwhile, Dominic Inglot is another player from qualifying that could make noise. He is usually playing doubles matches with Treat Huey and others, but he will try to prove himself on his own in this tournament.

    Of course, most people are concerned about the main draw, which already featured plenty of action.

    No. 2 seed Mikhail Youzhny struggled defensively in the first set and allowed Aslan Karatsev to save two break points and eventually win in a tiebreak. Youzhny got back on track in the final two sets to win the match, but there is plenty of concern for the Russian early in the tournament. 

    Karen Khachanov and Victor Hanescu might not have the name recognition of the other match, but these two put together an exciting show in an incredibly close battle that could have gone either way. In the end, it was Khachanov who was able to advance to the Round of 16. 

    In the final match of the day, Andrey Golubev overcame a loss in the first set to defeat Jan-Lennard Struff. He will face the winner of Denis Istomin and Samuel Groth in the next round.

    Many of the top players will start their run for a title on Tuesday, so make sure to tune in to watch the event unfold.

Day 2

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    Results (via ATPWorldTour.com)

    First Round

    No. 4 Dmitry Tursunov def. Marcos Baghdatis; 7-6(3), 7-6(3)

    Evgeny Donskoy def. Adrian Mannarino; 6-1, 6-4

    No. 1 Fabio Fognini def. Dominic Inglot; 6-4, 6-4

    No. 8 Denis Istomin def. Samuel Groth; 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Mikhail Biryukov; 6-4, 6-1

    Jurgen Zopp def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver; 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

     

    Recap

    There weren't any upsets to be had on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. Dmitry Tursunov, Fabio Fognini and Denis Istomin were the seeded players in action, and all three prevailed, with only Istomin not winning in straight sets.

    Fognini, the top seed, was able to withstand the offensive barrage of Dominic Inglot. The 27-year-old Brit had 10 aces and saved six of eight break point opportunities.

    In the end, it was those two break points that made the difference, as Fognini held serve the entire match, winning 84 percent of his first serve points and 63 points on his second serve.

    No. 4 Tursunov had to fight to get past Marcos Baghdatis, but he was able to win two tiebreaks to advance to the second round. It's hard to believe there was a period of time when Baghdatis was ever a threat to make a Grand Slam final. The last time he's advanced to the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam was back in 2007, and it's been downhill ever since then.

    Istomin was on the break in the third set. Samuel Groth had momentum from winning the second and was looking very good to start. Istomin was able to save three of four break points, which was a big factor in his eventual victory.

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez is the wild card to watch. He's got a date with No. 2 Mikhail Youzhny in the next round, and has a 5-1 record against Youzhny. On hard court, they've split both their meetings.

Day 3

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    Results (via ATPTour.com)

    First Round

    No. 6 Ernests Gulbis def. Mikhail Elgin; 6-0, 6-1

    Roberto Bautista Agut def. No. 3 Janko Tipsarevic; 7-6(4), 6-3

    Sergiy Stakhovsky def. No. 5 Fernando Verdasco; 6-3, 6-4

    Konstantin Kravchuk def. Horacio Zeballos; 7-6(5); 6-3

    Joao Sousa def. Paolo Lorenzi; 6-3, 6-4

    No. 7 Lukas Rosol def. Ricardas Berankis; 6-4, 7-6(4)

    Michal Przysiezny def. Albert Ramos; 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

     

    Second Round

    No. 8 Denis Istomin def. Andrey Golubev; 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. No. 2 Mikhail Youzhny; 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

     

    Recap

    Wednesday was all about the upsets, as some of the biggest names in the tournament could not make it out of the early rounds.

    Mikhail Youzhny was likely the most surprising loss of the day, as the Russian struggled with his second serve and fell to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in three sets. Youzhny is coming off a quarterfinal appearance at the U.S. Open, which makes this second-round exit even more disappointing.

    Meanwhile, Garcia-Lopez will try to knock off another seeded player in No. 8 Denis Istomin, who struggled but did enough to advance with a win over Andrey Golubev.

    There were also a few notable players who could not even make it out of the first round on Day 3.

    Janko Tipsarevic, who was among the top 10 in the world rankings earlier this year, only lasted two sets against Roberto Bautista Agut as his struggles continued.

    Additionally, No. 5 seed Fernando Verdasco fell thanks to seven aces by Sergiy Stakhovsky. The Ukrainian's serve was simply too tough to defend and he will move onto the second round. 

    Of course, not every seeded player was eliminated in the day's action. Lukas Rosol and Ernests Gulbis remain top contenders to win this tournament after strong performances on Wednesday. They each won in straight sets and have plenty of momentum going forward.

    Watch out for these players and more to continue their strong play as the tournament continues on Thursday. 

Day 4

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    Results (via ATPWorldTour.com)

    Second Round

    Joao Sousa def. Sergiy Stakhovsky; 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

    No. 4 Dmitry Tursunov def. Konstantin Kravchuk; 6-3, 6-0

    No. 6 Ernests Gulbis def. Jurgen Zopp; 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

    Roberto Bautista Agut def. Evgeny Donskoy; 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(5)

    No. 7 Lukas Rosol def. Karen Khachanov; 6-4, 6-4

    Michal Przysiezny def. No. 1 Fabio Fognini; 6-3, 5-3(ret.)

     

    Recap

    The top seed is out, after Fabio Fognini retired in the second set against Michal Przysiezny. Fognini had lost the first set and was a game away from losing the match, so it's not as if that played any role in the final result. He clearly wasn't himself, looking sluggish all match. He had four double faults and wasn't able to get even a single break point opportunity.

    You wonder if Fognini could have just played one more game, to give Przysiezny the outright win. Then again, why waste time when you know you're not going to win? Just retire and let everyone go home happy.

    That was the only upset of the day, as three of the four seeded players advance. Lukas Rosol and Dmitry Tursunov both win in straight sets, while Ernests Gulbis needed three to get past Jurgen Zopp.

    The way Gulbis lost the second set, you wondered if he was headed for defeat as well. Zopp was great on serve and not giving Gulbis any opportunity to get back into the set.

    Then the Latvian seemingly came back out of sleep mode and steamrolled through the third set. It was a weird match with how much the momentum swung in each guy's favor.

    The quarterfinals are now set. With so many of the top seeds out of the tournament, it will be interesting to see who steps up.

Day 5

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    Results (via ATPWorldTour.com)

    Quarterfinals

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. No. 8 Denis Istomin; 6-2, 6-4

    No. 6 Ernests Gulbis def. Roberto Bautista Agut; 6-1, 6-2

    Michal Przysiezny def. No. 7 Lukas Rosol; 7-6(7), 1-6, 6-3

    Joao Sousa def. No. 4 Dmitry Tursunov; 6-4, 6-3

     

    Recap

    The most exciting match of the day was actually the first one to take place.

    Lukas Rosol—who had lost 10 matches in a row heading into the tournament—finally seemed to be turning things around with two wins to reach the quarterfinals. However, Michal Przysiezny was looking to knock off another seeded player after defeating No. 1 Fabio Fognini in the previous round.

    No one could get much of an advantage in the first set, but Przysiezny finally pulled away in the tiebreak. After the Polish player struggled in the second set, he came through with impressive serving late to win the match.

    In the third set, the unseeded veteran fired five aces and incredibly won all 17 of his first serve points to put himself in the semifinals.

    Przysiezny will face Ernests Gulbis, who surprisingly is the only seeded player remaining in the tournament. The Latvian star cruised in the quarterfinal match, dropping only three games in an easy win.

    On the other side of the bracket, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Joao Sousa will meet in the semifinal after each player pulled off a straight-set upset on Friday. Each contender has been impressive at returns in this tournament, and will look to keep it up against each other in the next round.

    With so many underdogs remaining, this event is clearly up for grabs as each player looks to get a quality win late in the season. 

Day 6

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    Results (via ATPWorldTour.com)

    Semifinals

    No. 6 Ernests Gulbis def. Michal Przysiezny; 6-3, 6-3

    Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Joao Sousa; 6-1, 6-1

     

    Recap

    Fans in St. Petersburg barely got their money's worth Saturday, as each semifinal match ended in a hurry.

    Ernests Gulbis earn the first spot in the final thanks to some excellent serving against Michal Przysiezny. The Latvian player had five aces and won 75 percent of his service points on the day.

    He also won the only break point he faced all match to secure the win over his veteran opponent.

    Meanwhile, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez had an even easier time against Joao Sousa thanks to his skillful returning. As he has been doing all tournament, the Spanish player made it difficult for his opponent to get points on serves.

    In the semifinal, Sousa only managed to win eight of his 23 second serve points and was broken five times in two sets. He ended up winning only two games in the entire match.

    This sets a final between two players performing as well as they have all year.

    Gulbis was the only seeded player to reach the semifinals, and he will be looking for his second title of 2013. On the other side is Garcia-Lopez, who has not won a tournament since 2010. No matter who wins, the match should be a good one. 

Day 7

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    Results (via ATPWorldTour.com)

    Finals

    No. 6 Ernests Gulbis def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez; 3-6, 6-4, 6-0

     

    Recap

    Ernests Gulbis reigned supreme in Russia as he took down Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in three sets to win the ATP St. Petersburg Open.

    Things didn't start off too well for the sixth-seeded Latvian. Gulbis lost the first set after getting broken three times and winning only 40 percent of his first service points. He was only able to stay in the set because he teed off on Garcia-Lopez's second serve, as the Spaniard lost 22 of his 28 points on second serve.

    The second set wasn't much better for Gulbis as he quickly got down 1-4. It was just a continuation of the first, as he was laboring quite a bit.

    Then something weird happened. Gulbis flipped a switch and was nearly untouchable for the rest of the match. It was a complete 180 from the first half of the match.

    He won the next five games to take the set and followed that up by taking the next six games in the third set. By the end of the match, Garcia-Lopez must have wondered what the heck happened after he was caught in that whirlwind.

    Everything was going right for Gulbis, just as everything was going wrong for Garcia-Lopez. The second serve proved to be the difference-maker, as Garcia-Lopez had four double faults in the third set alone and won just one of nine points on his second serve.

    It's the second title in 2013 for the 36th-ranked player in the world, and the fourth of his career.