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Troicki, Youzhny Win St. Petersburg Openers

Russian Mikhail Youzhny opened his 16th appearance (2001-13, ‘15-17) at the St. Petersburg Open on Tuesday by beating Australian qualifier John-Patrick Smith 7-6(6), 6-4 in one hour, 33 minutes. The 2004 champion, with a 34-13 record at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, will next face third-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini in the second round.

Seventh seed Viktor Troicki fired nine aces and saved four of five break points as he edged Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6(6), 7-6(2) in one hour and 45 minutes.

Viktor Troicki wins in two tie-breaks against Andrey Kuznetsov in the St. Petersburg first round.
"I think it was a good quality match," said Troicki. "I came up against a great player, a very talented Russian player, who I always had trouble with in the past. It was a tough one today, which I expected and I'm happy to go through to the second round."

Briton Liam Broady, currently No. 242 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, recorded just his second tour-level match win – and his first since 2015 Wimbledon – in sweeping past fellow qualifier and 2013 titlist Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 6-0 in 63 minutes. Broady, 23, will now prepare to meet fourth seed Adrian Mannarino of France.

Ricardas Berankis set a second-round clash with fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber as he defeated qualifier Daniel Masur 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/troicki-youzhny-st-petersburg-2017-tuesday

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