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Rotterdam, Netherlands

This week Evgeny plays in Rotterdam, the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

He is the #6 seed of the qualifications, and tomorrow, saturday, he will play his first round match opposed to [WC]I.COLL-RIUDAVETS (ESP).

The draw is available : here

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[6]E.KOROLEV (RUS) def [WC]I.COLL-RIUDAVETS (ESP) 6/2 6/1

He will face [4]S.STAKHOVSKY (UKR) in the second round.

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[6]E.KOROLEV (RUS) def [4]S.STAKHOVSKY (UKR) 6/3 4/6 7/6(6)

After a really tight match, Zhenya booked his ticket to the main draw, defeating Stakhovsky in a tie break full of suspens. Winning the tie break, and so the match, is a real satisfaction considering what a good server the ukrainian is, and the poor ratio of first serve Evgeny showed along the match. But he stayed focused untill the very end and it payed off. Good win.

He will play [8]R.SODERLING (SWE) in the first round of the main draw.

The draw is available : here

UPDATE : Soderling pulled out of the tournament, Evgeny will play Lucky Loser M.GICQUEL (FRA) in the first round.

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And it’s over for Zhenya !

[LL]M.GICQUEL (FRA) def [Q]E.KOROLEV (RUS) 3/6 6/3 6/2

After a really, very good first set, during which zhenya was up to a 78% ratio of first serve, scoring 89% of the points played on it ; his game just desintegrated !!

Gicquel broke once in the beginning of the second set, and a second time in the middle of the third one, and even though Evgeny had a few opportunities to come back, he just didn’t make it. There’s not much more to say about that match, let’s hope he does better next week.

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February 6, 2009 - Posted by | Hard Court Season

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