ATP: Mezler Defends Vienna Title; Kukushkin Upsets Youzhny to Capture St. Petersburg Crown
October 31, 2010 · Print This Article
Bank Austria TennisTrophy?—Vienna
Austrian Jurgen Melzer defeated countryman Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-7 (10), 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Sunday to defend his title in Vienna. Needing two hours and 48 minutes to prevail, Melzer won 77 percent of his first serve point, while striking 13 aces.
Breaking his opponent on two occasions, Melzer captured his first title of the year, and the third of his career. Adding 250 ATP World Tour points to his ranking total, Melzer now stands in 11th position on the road to London.
Haider-Maurier was competing in his first-ever Tour level final.
St. Petersburg Open 2010—Russia
Unseeded Mikhail Kukushkin capped off the best week of his career on Sunday by upsetting top seed Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 7-6 (2) to win the St. Petersburg Open.
Breaking serve twice in the first set, Kukushkin added to further breaks of serve in the second set to prevail in two hours and 27 minutes.
Entering St. Petersburg with a 12-8 record, Kukushkin tied his head-to-head series with Youzhny at 1-all, while upending his third seeded player of week.
Youzhny, who still remains in hot pursuit of a finals position in London, will next see action at the Valencia tournament in Spain. Youzhny currently stands at No. 10 in the rankings.