Bogomolov Earns Main Draw Spot
by Matt Fitzgerald|
American Robert Kendrick advanced to the main draw of the Sony Ericsson Open Tuesday after beating Julian Reister 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-0 in the final round of qualifying. After two competitive sets, Kendrick charged ahead in the final set to book his place in the main draw.
Alex Bogomolov Jr. also rallied from a set down to advance, overcoming Italian Simone Bolelli 6-7(10), 6-2, 6-3 in two hours and 41 minutes. The win put Bogomolov into his second straight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.
Michael Russell defeated Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-2, breaking the Australian five times. Russell will play in the main draw here for a third straight season.
Ryan Sweeting had no trouble with Lukas Rosol, knocking the Czech out 6-4, 6-1 in 64 minutes. Sweeting consistently pressured Rosol’s serve, converting four of 16 break chances.
Wild card Nicolas Massu was incapable of troubling Grigor Dimitrov, the qualifying draw’s top seed. The Bulgarian teenager won handily, 6-2, 6-3 to move into his first main draw in Miami.
The longest match of the day was won by Marsel Ilhan, who ousted Robert Farah 6-4, 5-7, 7-5. Ilhan is looking to win his first main-draw match at the tour level this season.
Paul Capdeville of Chile defeated Bjorn Phau in straight sets, winning 6-4, 6-3. He finds himself in the main draw of the Sony Ericsson Open for the first time since 2006 – he was unable to advance out of the qualifying stages the previous four years.
Pablo Lorenzi dropped his first set against Daniel Munoz-De La Nava but rallied to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. The win clinched a berth into the main draw, his second straight appearance after earning a direct acceptance slot last year.
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