Match report

Dmitry Tursunov ©
1st round
10/5/11 1 2 3 Tot
ru  Dmitry Tursunov 7 6 7 2
rs  Janko Tipsarevic 6 7 5 1
Janko Tipsarevic ©
Mardy Fish ©
2nd round
10/5/11 1 2 Tot
us  Mardy Fish 6 6 2
lv  Ernests Gulbis 2 4 0
Ernests Gulbis ©
  • Fish rolls in Tokyo, Tursunov takes out Tipsarevic

    10/5/11 2:55 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Mardy Fish eases past Ernests Gulbis in straight sets on Wednesday in Tokyo. Dmitry Tursunov opens with an upset victory over Janko Tipsarevic.

    (4) Mardy Fish d. Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 6-4

    Fish won 25 of 29 first-serve points and was never broken as he crushed Gulbis and booked a spot in the Japan Open quarterfinals on Wednesday evening. The American, who needed just one hour and 16 minutes to advance, jumped ahead early and consolidated the lead by saving all three break points he faced in set one. Fish's second break at 5-2 finished off the opening frame of play in style.

    Gulbis managed to stay on serve throughout most of the second, but he got a look at no break points en route to a 5-4 Fish advantage. Serving to stay in the match, the 49th-ranked Latvian cracked and his third donation of serve ended the proceedings. Gulbis won only 35 percent of his second-serve points, while Fish moves on to face either Bernard Tomic or Tatsuma Ito.

    Dmitry Tursunov d. (6) Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(6), 6-7(3), 7-5

    Playing just three days after capturing his first career ATP title in Kuala Lampur, Tipsarevic endured a three-hour battle and came out on the losing end to Tursunov during first-round action in Tokyo. It was a real struggle from the start for Tipsarevic, who led by mini-breaks on three occasions in the opening-set tiebreaker and failed to close it out. Tursunov erased a 6-4 deficit and eventually took the 'breaker eight points to six.

    The Serb battled back in the second despite twice giving breaks back--including at 5-3. This time in the tiebreaker, though, he held onto an early advantage and cruised seven points to three. Tipsarevic continued to play from ahead in the third, but Tursunov again refused to go away. The 40th-ranked Russian broke back twice, dug out of a 0-40 hole at 5-5, then used his fifth break of the day to clinch victory. Next up for Tursunov is Santiago Giraldo.

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I expected Marty to win over Gulbis, but surprised that Tursinov took out Jarko. I was hoping to see a Nadal/Tipsy match. Jarko played some good tennis this year at the USO until 3rd (4th) set with Novak.

Maya , 10/5/11 5:53 PM

I am surprised that Tipsy lost to Tursinov, given how well he has been playing. Maybe a bit of fatigue here after winning his first title? One would think that win would have given him momentum coming into this tournament.

I am not at all surprised that Fish handled Gulbis with ease.

Nativenewyorker , 10/5/11 8:54 PM

Tipsy had flu or something... It was noticeable that he used handkerchief frequently, and hi tweeted that he is back to antibiotics... ;( too bad, I kind a hoped for top 10 breakthrough...

atg , 10/5/11 11:51 PM

would be n ice to see Mardy go deep in this tournament, and qualify for the WTF.

scoretracker , 10/6/11 5:46 AM

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