ATP Tour

St Petersburg joy for Youzhny

Mikhail Youzhny (AP)
Mikhail Youzhny (AP)

St Petersburg - Second-seeded Mikhail Youzhny has advanced to the second round of the St Petersburg Open on Monday by rallying to beat fellow Russian wild card Alsan Karatsev 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-2.

Youzhny, the 2004 champion, won four consecutive games in the second set and broke Karatsev twice in the decider.

The 20th-ranked Youzhny is looking for his second title this season.

He won his ninth career title in Gstaad, Switzerland, in June.

Earlier on Monday, 17-year-old Russian wildcard Karen Khachanov, who is making his debut on the ATP Tour, prevailed to eliminate Romanian veteran Victor Hanescu 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4).

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