St. Petersburg, Russia (Sports Network) - The St. Petersburg Open lost its
second seed on Wednesday when Denis Istomin bowed out of the draw
Poland's Lukasz Kubot upended the Uzbekistanian Istomin in come-from-behind
fashion, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, on the indoor hardcourts at SCC Peterburgsky.
Three other seeds avoided opening-round upsets, as No. 3 Martin Klizan of the
Slovak Republic defeated Russian Mikhail Elgin 6-4, 6-3, No. 4 Fabio Fognini
of Italy overcame German Tobias Kamke 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, and No. 8 Jurgen Zopp of
Estonia topped Russian qualifier Andrey Kumantsov 6-3, 5-3, retired.
Additional first-round wins came for Russian wild card Teymuraz Gabashvili,
Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, Italians Simone Bolelli and Paolo Lorenzi, and
Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, who was a surprise finalist in Los Angeles in
July. Stakhovsky was the St. Petersburg champion in 2009. Bolelli beat the '09
runner-up to Stakhovsky, Argentine Horacio Zeballos, in straight sets on
The second round will be staged on Thursday, including a match for top-seeded
long-time Russian crowd favorite Mikhail Youzhny, who will be opposed by
American Rajeev Ram.
The former top-10 star Youzhny titled in St. Petersburg in 2004 and was the
runner-up here in 2002 and 2010.
The Sports Network