Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei, ranked 64 on the ATP’s list of players and the 6th seed in this year’s St Petersburg Open, was beaten in straight sets in the first round of play by unseeded Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain, ranked 87. The score was 6-4 6-2 and the match lasted just over an hour and a half. With the exception of Bautista-Agut’s three double faults and no aces as opposed to Lu’s single ace and no double faults, the Spaniard won a higher percentage of service points, as well as break point conversions – five out of seven, while Lu only converted two out of seven.
Later in the day the fifth seed ranked at 57, Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, took on Grega Zemlja of Slovenia, ranked 69 and, in another upset, Zemlja came out on top with a relatively easy victory, 6-3 6-2 in a little more than an hour. The statistics of this match show that both players hit four aces, with Lacko serving two double faults to Zemjla’s one, with Zemlja taking more points overall on serve than his opponent, who had the better percentages on break points – two out of seven compared to Zemlja’s zero out of two opportunities.
In other matches in the bottom half of the draw, Italy’s Flavio Cipolla beat the qualifier from Belarus, Andrei Vasilevski, in two tie breakers, 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6); and Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver took out Florent Serra of France, 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.
The only two seeds remaining in this half of the draw are number two, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan and number four, Fabio Fognini of Italy.
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