Marin Cilic and Nikolay Davydenko advance to the second round of Cincinnati. Mayer, Levine, Andujar, and Seppi also win their first round matches.
Thirteenth seed Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, who conquered Washington a couple of weeks ago, was helpless against the experienced Russian Nikolay Davydenko. Former No. 3 crushed Dolgopolov in less than an hour of play, breaking five of his serves in the process. End score: 6-1, 6-1. Davydenko will face German Florian Mayer next, who booked his place in round two after overcoming Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-2.
Andreas Seppi won the clash of unseeded players. It took him two sets two eliminate Dutch Roman Haase with a 6-4, 6-4 scoreline. As a reward, he will get a chance to challenge world no. 2 Novak Djokovic in his next match. “Nole” failed to receive an Olympic medal, but was victorious in Toronto few days ago.
Another Serb Janko Tipsarevic also got a bye in first round. His second round opponent will be Spaniard Pablo Andujar who got the better of the qualifier Marinko Matosevic of Australia, defeating him in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
Another qualifier Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky, No. 102 on ATP rankings, was stopped in first round. Nonetheless, he put up a good fight against twelfth seed Croat Cilic. The recent winner of London and Umag tournaments grabbed the first set, but Stakhovsky bounced back in the second one. The deciding moment of the third set came in the third game as Cilic took his opponent’s serve once more. Stakhovsky did not get any chances to break back and had to accept defeat after two hours of play: 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Cilic will be a favorite against his next round challenger Jesse Levine, too. Qualifier Lavine won an All-American match against Donald Young in two sets with 6-4, 7-6. This was Young’s 17th straight first round loss and he will need one two good matches to really get back him on track.