Talented Shotmaker Denis Istomin Captures 1st ATP Title in Nottingham
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Steen Kirby, Tennis Atlantic
Denis Istomin captured his first ever ATP title in Nottingham, as the Uzbek #1 battled his way through multiple tough matches to win the 250 level grass court title. Istomin won two tiebreaks over American Sam Querrey for a 7-6 7-6 final victory.
Prior to that Denis menaced his way past Nicolas Almagro, Juan Monaco, and Sergiy Stakhovsky without dropping a set. He faced a match point against Leonardo Mayer but prevailed in three sets, and beat Marcos Baghdatis via retirement in the semifinals, as Baghdatis pulled out to rest before Wimbledon.
Querrey got past Santiago Giraldo, and Pablo Cuevas in straights, and then Gilles Simon in three sets saving match point en route. In the semis, he slipped past Alexandr Dolgopolov in 3 sets.
Chris Guccione and Andre Sa won the doubles title over David Marrero and Pablo Cuevas.
Another cloudless day in Newport saw the return of an old favorite and four qualifiers advancing to the main draw. Two time Grand Slam Champion Lleyton Hewitt won in doubles with Chris Guccione, while Tim Smyczek, Sergei Bubka, Izak Van Der Merwe and Benjamin Becker had their tickets punched. And Vasek Pospisil hosted the annual kid’s clinic.
With his first grass match ever, Jack Sock made the most of Center Court, exacting a 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 win over Igor Kunitsyn. Nico Mahut did his part to set up a second round match with Isner by dispatching Marco Chiudinelli 6-0, 7-6 (2). Michael Russell did his part to continue Young’s frustrating slump, sending him back to Atlanta 1-6, 6-1, 6-4. Dudi Sela took advantage of numerous mistakes by Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-0, 6-2, and Olivier Rochus outlasted Japan’s Go Soeda 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
2011 Runner Up Rochus was a winner today, despite the awkward pic
Tomorrow’s action includes Nishikori/Sijsling, Bogo/Querrey, Becker/Goffin at 11 a.m., followed by Raonic/Ebden, Smyczek/Istomin, Van Der Merwe/Muller, followed by Isner/Bubka, Zemlja/Ram, Matosevic/Levine and Pospisil/Hewitt.
Sela’s a Winnah!
Istomin ponders tomorrow’s 1st rounder against Smyczek. Not really.