Top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia continued his march on the St Petersburg Open by disposing of the seventh seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 on Friday.
It was tough going at times in the first though as he admitted his fitness was tested to the full. The effects were all too evident in the second set as Youzhny could only win a paltry five points on his own serve. The Spaniard was relentless in pursuing him winning 6-0. After an early break in the third it was beginning to look as though the Russian was running out of steam, but he recovered to win four consectutive games. He then produced a high quality volley down the line to earn two match points and wrapped up the victory with a low volley at the net.
Youzhny will face Martin Klizan next. The Slovak comfortably booked his place in the Semi Finals of the St Petersburg Open by defeating Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in straight sets. Klizan looked both confident and the likely winner throughout. Berakis got off to a flyer taking the very first game but his opponent soon levelled and it was clear he wasn’t going to be making many unforced errors. The break duly came and the Slovakian never looked back winning 6-3. In truth it was a similar story in the second though Klizan got off to a great start this time and simply bided his time for the break. he moved through the set without any problems winning 6-2 and taking the tie.