Ukrainian upsets Youzhny in Qatar Open

Jan. 4, 2010 at 6:37 PM
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DOHA, Qatar, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky upset fourth-seeded Mikhail Youzhny Monday in the first round of the Qatar Open.

Stakhovsky eliminated Youzhny 7-6 (13-11), 6-2 in a match that lasted an hour and 45 minutes at the Khalifa Tennis Complex in Doha.

Latvian Ernest Gulbis pulled off another surprise, beating the sixth seed, Spain's Albert Montanes, 6-2, 7-5.

Fifth seed Viktor Troicki of Serbia advanced with a 6-1, 7-5 decision over Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain and No. 7 Ivo Karlovic of Croatia ousted Italian Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-4.

Other first-round winners included Belgian Olivier Rochus and Evgeny Korolev of Russia.

World No. 1 Roger Federer is the tournament's top seed. Federer will take on Christophe Rochus of Belgium, older brother of Olivier Rochus, in his first match Tuesday.

The tournament is considered a tuneup for the Australian Open, the year's first major, which begins Jan. 18 in Melbourne.

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