Monday, October 17, 2011

Andreev loses at Kremlin Cup

Andreev loses at Kremlin Cup

Igor Andreev lost to Andreas Seppi 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in the first round of the Kremlin Cup.

Andreev, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 18 in 2008, has dropped to No. 115 and hasn’t made it to a quarterfinal this season. He will decide his future in tennis later this year.

“You cannot beat anyone playing on one leg,” he said.

The Russian broke twice to win the first set. But Seppi, ranked 53rd, made one break in the second set and one more early in the third to serve for the match at 1-1 and 5-4 up. But the Russian broke back to force a tiebreaker.

“A tiebreaker is always a lottery,” Andreev said. “I made a couple of mistakes, then narrowed the gap to 5-4 down but luck was on his side.”

Earlier in the day, Jeremy Chardy, Konstantin Kravchuk, Dusan Lajovic and Michael Berrer all came through the final round of qualifying to take their places in the main draw on Monday. Chardy has been drawn to face Potito Starace, Kravchuk meets seventh seed Gilles Muller, Lajovic challenges fifth seed Alex Bogomolov Jr. and Berrer tackles Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Source AP