Russia’s Mikhail Youzny progressed past his Canadian opponent Michal Pospisil in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open on Tuesday. But the event’s top seed was made to work hard initially, taken to a tie break in the first set. However, the world no. 29 soon made his presence felt after winning four straight points. The 2004 champion who hasn’t got to the second round in five events since losing to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, then found a second wind to demolish Pospisil 6-1 in the next set to take the tie. End result: 7-6 6-1.
The Czek Frantisek Cermak and partner Michal Mertinak from Slovakia were rarely in trouble against Russian adversaries Andrey Yakolev and Alexander Zhurbin, taking the doubles match 6-4. 6-0.
Phillipp Marx from Germany and Florin Mergea from Rumania were made to take their tie into a third set by America’s James Cerretani and Michael Kohlmann from Germany.