Men's Qualifying Day 2

Eleven of the 14 seeds in the qualifying draw of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters advanced to the second round during play on Saturday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Top seed Andrey Golubev, who is ranked No. 36 in the World, was among the upset victims, as he retired from his match with knee pain. 

Italy’s Fabio Fognini held a 6-3 3-1 lead when Golubev decided he could no longer continue.

Most of the matches were very straightforward. With only two going three sets.

Fifth seed Jarkko Nieminen was victorious in one three-setter, outlasting American Ryan Sweeting for a 4-6 6-1 6-1 win.

An American was on the winning end of the day’s other three-setter, as Tim Smyczek claimed a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win over No. 9 seed Illya Marchenko.

Michael Russell, the 14th seed, won the day’s only all-American battle, downing former University of Kentucky standout Jesse Witten7-6(2) 6-3.

Taylor Dent was the other American to advance, earning a 6-1 6-4 win over Japan’s Go Soeda.

The final round of qualifying will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday. 

 

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