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Lukasz Kubot © Tennistalk.com
Shanghai
1st round
10/11/11 1 2 Tot
pl  Lukasz Kubot 4 6 0
ua  Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr 6 7 2
Oleksandr Dolgopolov Jr © Tennistalk.com
Albert Ramos-Vinolas © Tennistalk.com
Shanghai
1st round
10/11/11 1 2 Tot
es  Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6 6 2
hr  Marin Cilic 3 4 0
Marin Cilic © Tennistalk.com
  • Cilic upset, Dolgopolov advances

    10/11/11 3:04 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Beijing finalist Marin Cilic created the first big upset of Shanghai with a first-round exit to Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos.

    Albert Ramos (Q) def. Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4

    Croatia’s Marin Cilic came down to earth hard on Tuesday. Cilic went from a final showing in Beijing just two days ago to a first-round defeat at the hands of a Spanish qualifier who played his first hard-court tennis of the entire year at the US Open and won his first hard-court match in Kuala Lumpur a few weeks ago.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise with this upset is that the win wasn’t even much of a struggle for Ramos. Cilic was so out of sorts that the underdog was able to secure three service breaks, while surrendering just one of his own.

    The win is the biggest in Ramos’s career so far. He will take on Alexandr Dolgopolov in the next round.

    Alexandr Dolgopolov (12) def. Lukasz Kubot 6-4, 7-6(6)

    Despite a shockingly low first-serve percentage (34% for the match) and his failure to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set, the Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov was able to defeat Poland’s Lukasz Kubot in straight sets.

    Dolgopolov, who is ranked 18th in the world, had his breakthrough at the start of the 2011 season at the Australian Open. He has since had inconsistent results, though good enough that he’s remained in the top 20.

    The Ukrainian’s serve seemed to be his biggest issue on Tuesday. He was able to return Kubot’s serve well, converting three of 10 break-point opportunities. But his service motion was not flowing, and he paid the price with a pair of surrendered service games of his own.


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