• Youzhny, Istomin clash in surprising fourth-round showdown

    7/1/12 7:16 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Youzhny, Istomin clash in surprising fourth-round showdown An unexpected fourth-round matchup on Monday pits Mikhail Youzhny against Denis Istomin. The winner will be on course for a likely quarterfinal meeting with Roger Federer.

    Mikhail Youzhny and Denis Istomin will be going head-to-head for the third time in their careers when they clash in a surprising fourth-round affair on Monday at Wimbledon.

    They split their two previous encounters, although Istomin's win came via Youzhny retirement (Istomin led by a set three years ago in St. Petersburg). They most recently faced each other last season on the clay courts of Gstaad, where Youzhny prevailed 6-3, 6-2.

    Youzhny has quietly put together a solid 22-9 mark for the year. The 30-year-old Russian booked his place in the second week at the All-England Club thanks to victories over Donald Young, Inigo Cervantes, and world No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic.

    Istomin finds himself in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career, having previously been to third rounds on three occasions (including once at Wimbledon). The 39th-ranked Uzbek outlasted Andreas Seppi 8-6 in the fifth in his opener before taking out both Igor Andreev and Alejandro Falla in four. Istomin is a decent 23-19 for his 2012 campaign.

    Youzhny is looking to get over the hump and into the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time in six fourth-round tries. The world No. 33 is far more experienced at this stage of majors than Istomin, so that could be a factor. Youzhny in four sets is the pick.

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Devastating loss for Istomin.

stratocast51 , 7/2/12 5:48 PM

Youzhny played well he has a real chance against a less than 100 % fit Federer

tennis2011 , 7/2/12 6:16 PM


croc , 7/2/12 6:19 PM

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