Swiss Indoors First Round
Swiss Indoors Men's Singles First Round Tuesday Oct 21
Mikhail Kukushkin beat 3-Stan Wawrinka 6-4 6-7(1) 6-3
4-Milos Raonic beat Steve Johnson 7-6(4) 6-4
8-Ivo Karlovic beat Lukas Rosol 7-6(4) 6-3
Benjamin Becker beat Gastao Elias 6-3 6-2
Ivan Dodig beat Marco Chiudinelli 6-4 6-7(7) 6-4
Kenny De Schepper beat Federico Delbonis 7-6(3) 7-5
Wawrinka Falls to Kukushkin; Raonic, Karlovic, Dodig Advance to Second Round
atpworldtour.com: October 21 2014 Basel, Switzerland – Milos Raonic remains in contention for a spot at next month's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after he reached the Swiss Indoors Basel second round on Tuesday.
Fourth seed Raonic, who is making his debut at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, hit 12 aces to defeat Steve Johnson 7-6(4), 6-4 to improve to a 44-16 match record on a career-best season. He has a 34-11 tie-breaks record in 2014. The Canadian is in tenth position in the Emirates ATP Race To London.
Mikhail Kukushkin recorded just the second Top 10 win of his career, knocking out third seed Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-7(1), 6-3 for a second-round meeting against Benjamin Becker. The Russian’s previous Top 10 win came over then No. 10 Mikhail Youzhny in the 2010 St. Petersburg final.
Wawrinka committed 23 unforced errors in the first set, but came within two points of clinching the second set at 5-4, when Kukushkin was serving at deuce. Kukushkin failed to convert one break point opportunity in the next game and paid the price for a slow start in the tie-break.
The World No. 84 raced out to a 3-0 lead in the third set before Wawrinka countered and drew level. The Swiss was unable to maintain the momentum, double-faulting to concede the break in the eighth game, one of his 55 errors in the match. Kukushkin served out the victory after two hours and 15 minutes. Wawrinka was making his 11th appearance in Basel, having reached the semi-finals in 2006 (l. to Gonzalez) and 2011 (l. to Federer). Kukushkin reached last week’s Moscow semi-finals (l. to Cilic).
Eighth seed Ivo Karlovic added 23 aces to his 2014 tally (1,110 aces) in a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over Lukas Rosol. Ivan Dodig denied Marco Chiudinelli his first tour-level match win of the year with a 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-4 win in two hours and 52 minutes. Benjamin Becker and qualifier Kenny de Schepper were also among first-round winners.
Swiss Indoors Men's Singles First Round Monday Oct 20
2-Rafael Nadal beat Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-2
Donald Young beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6(5) 6-4
Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(3)
7-David Goffin beat Dominic Thiem 7-6(3) 6-3
Nadal Wins Opener in Basel; Goffin Dismisses Thiem in First Round
October 20 2014 ITS Staff Basel, Switzerland – Fourteen-time Grand Slam champion and No.2 seed Rafael Nadal opened his first Swiss Indoors appearance in ten years with a victory defeating Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-2 on Monday.
Nadal broke his Italian opponents four times while serving three aces and did not face a single breakpoint on his serve. The Mallorcan won 71 per cent of his service points in the 71 minute match.
In the second round, the Mallorcan will now face France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert who outlasted his compatriot Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(3) in two hours and 19 minutes of intense play.
In his first event in Basel in 2004, the then 18-year old bowed out of the first round losing Germany’s Rainer Schuettler. Nadal is bidding to win his fifth ATP title after wins Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and his ninth Roland Garros title last June.
In the last match of the evening, Belgium's David Goffin dismissed rising young star 21-year old Dominic Thiem 7-6(3) 6-3 to advance to the second round. Goffin defeated Thiem when they met at Kitzbuhel bet-at-home Cup final in August registering his maiden ATP Tour title.
The 23-year old Goffin, who won his second ATP crown in Metz last month, will play the winner of Ivan Dodig and local Swiss bet Marco Chiudinelli.
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