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  • Andreev, Youzhny upset in Eastbourne

    6/16/09 11:23 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Andreev, Youzhny upset in Eastbourne Russians Igor Andreev and Mikhail Youzhny lose their respective openers at the AEGON International on Tuesday. Ivan Ljubicic moves on to the quarters by ousting Joshua Goodall.

    Frank Dancevic d. (1) Igor Andreev 7-6(6), 6-2

    Eastbourne's top seed was sent tumbling out in the first round, as Andreev lost to Dancevic in straight sets on Tuesday afternoon. Dancevic needed one hour and 28 minutes to reach the second round, where he will meet British wild card James Ward. The Canadian qualifier had won just two matches at the ATP level this season prior to Eastbourne, but he went through qualifying last weekend and was playing confidently. After a tight first set, Dancevic rolled through the second by serving at 83 percent, firing five aces, and dropping a mere two points in four service games.

    Julien Benneteau d. (5) Mikhail Youzhny 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

    Benneteau emerged from an atypical grass-court battle after two hours and 16 minutes on Tuesday, book his place in the Eastbourne second round. There will a total of 11 service breaks, an almost shocking number for a three-set grass-court encounter. After dropping the first set, Benneteau capitalized on three of seven break points in the second to force a decisive third. Despite serving at a solid percentage throughout the proceedings, Youzhny continued to be atrocious on serve in the third. The fifth-seeded Russian, whose second serves were abused by Benneteau, surrendered serve two more times. Next up for Benneteau is an all-unseeded second-round match against Leonardo Mayer.

    Ivan Ljubicic d. (WC) Joshua Goodall 6-3, 7-5

    Goodall recorded his first career win at the ATP level on Monday against qualifier Tatsuma Ito, but Ljubicic presented a much different proposition in round two. The 6'4'' Croat eased through the first set by breaking once and losing only five points in five service games. Goodall, a British wild card, was competitive in the second for a while but got broken while serving at 5-5. Ljubicic, who blasted seven aces in the second set, promptly served out the match to set up a quarterfinal clash with Fabrice Santoro. Ljubicic finished his day's work against Goodall with 12 aces and just one double-fault. He also never faced a break point.



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