Andreas Seppi

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Seppi keeps Italy's hopes alive - AFP
DUESSELDORF (AFP) — Italy are still in with a chance of reaching the final of the World Team Cup here after Andreas Seppi upset Serbia's Viktor Trojcki 6-1, 6-4 on Friday to keep his team's hopes alive. The Italians need to keep up the pressure in the...
Quarterfinals set in Belgrade - United Press International
BELGRADE, Serbia, May 7 (UPI) -- Ivo Karlovic and Andreas Seppi were among the last to advance to the quarterfinals Thursday at the inaugural Serbia Open. In a tuneup for the French Open, Karlovic defeated Brian Dabul 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) and Seppi was a 6-4...
Djokovic battles Seppi in Belgrade semis -
Novak Djokovic and Andres Seppi will square off at the Serbia Open on Saturday night. The winner books a spot in the inaugural title match. It will be the fifth career meeting between Novak Djokovic and Andreas Seppi when the two players do battle in...
Andreas Seppi vs. Novak Djokovic - Sports betting previews
In this round of Madrid the Serbian will be against Andreas Seppi that has been great also in this year. Novak Djokovic had eliminated Oscar Hernandez in the previous round with the result 6-3 6-3 while the Italian player was having some difficult to...
Querrey gets USA off on right foot in Dusseldorf -
In the Blue Group, Evgeny Korolev got Russia off to a positive start as he disposed of Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4. Simone Bolelli, though, countered for Italy, topping Russia's Stanislas Vovk 7-6 (7-1), 6-2. Juan Monaco of Argentina defeated...
Soderling gives holders Sweden 2-0 win over United States -
World number five Juan Martin del Potro swept past Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4. The tall Argentine gave Seppi no chance, opening up a 4-0 lead in the first set to clinch it 6-3 before breezing through the match in an 72 minutes....
Replay of Belgrade in Madrid: Novak vs. Seppi - Blic
Only five days after the semi-final clash of the two tennis players in Belgrade, Novak Djokovic will once more take on Italy's Andreas Seppi. Djokovic and Seppi meet in the last 16 round of the Madrid Masters ATP event, after the Serb had knocked out...
Djokovic, del Potro, Tsonga win French openers -
Additional wins came for Stakhovsky, Monaco, Troicki, Germans Tommy Haas and Andreas Beck, Romanian Victor Crivoi, Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Italian Andreas Seppi. Monaco mauled former Aussie Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-2, 6-4....
CORRECTED - Tennis-World Team Cup scores - Reuters UK
Blue Group Serbia 2 Italy 1 Viktor Troicki/Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) beat Francesco Piccari/Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-0 7-6(5) Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) beat Francesco Piccari (Italy) 6-2 6-3 Played on Thursday Andreas Seppi (Italy) beat Viktor Troicki...

Andreas Seppi

Andreas Seppi

Infobox last updated on: 2 August 2008.

Andreas Seppi (born 21 February 1984 in Bolzano, Italy) is a professional tennis player from the province of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol-Italy, who turned professional in 2000. Seppi is right-handed and plays with a two hand backhand. He considers clay and hardcourts his favourite surface. He is coached by Massimo Sartori. His career high was #27, achieved on 7 July 2008.

Seppi turned pro in 2000 playing exclusively on the ATP Futures and ATP Challenger Series circuit for three season. He won his first Futures event in 2003, Munich, Germany defeating Lars Uebel in addition he qualified for his first two ATP events in Kitzbühel and Bucharest where he was defeated by Olivier Mutis and José Acasuso respectively.

2004 Seppi made his Davis Cup debut against Georgia losing to Irakli Labadze in 5 sets. In Kitzbühel Seppi failed to convert 10 match points against Rainer Schuettler in a second round loss, then a few weeks later Seppi was able to gain revenge for this loss. In his Grand Slam debut as a qualifer he defeated Schuettler from 2 sets to 0 down. Seppi finished the 2005 season in the top 100 for the first time. He qualified for four ATP Masters Series events with his best performance in Hamburg where he reached the quarter finals. In Davis Cup Seppi came back from 2 sets to 0 down and defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero 5-7 3-6 6-0 6-3 6-2, before losing to Rafael Nadal in the reverse singles. After this performance, he reached his first ATP Tour semi final in Palermo where he defeated defending champion Tomáš Berdych, before falling to Igor Andreev.

In 2006 Seppi made semi finals on the hardcourts in Sydney and the grass in Nottingham showing that he was able to perform well on other surfaces besides clay. Seppi ended the streak of 4 consecutive Sydney titles for Lleyton Hewitt and in the process saved 2 match points. Seppi lost against Andre Agassi in his last tournament appearance at Wimbledon.

At the 2007 Australian Open Seppi defeated American Bobby Reynolds in 5 sets after saving a match point. The match was scheduled for the afternoon, but was put back due to the heat rule where play could not commence if the temperature was over 39 degrees Celsius .This match finished at 3.34am which was at the time the latest time for a match to be completed until it was surpassed by the Lleyton Hewitt and Marcos Baghdatis match at the 2008 Australian Open.

Seppi made the final of the Sunrise Challenger defeating Gustavo Kuerten, Juan Martín del Potro, and Nicolás Massú losing to Gaël Monfils. After Sunrise Seppi had been struggling with poor form with his ranking outside of the top 100, he surprisingly made his ATP Tour final in Gstaad where he defeated Stefan Koubek and Igor Andreev both in 3rd set tiebreakers and it was his first victory over Andreev. Seppi lead 5-3 in the 3rd set and had the opportunity to serve for the championship but failed to do so losing to Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-7(1) 6-4 7-5. Seppi made his first semi final indoors in Vienna defeating two time defending champion Ivan Ljubičić along the way to complete the feat of at least making the semi finals of events played on clay, hardcourt, grass and indoors, eventually finishing in the top 80 for the third consecutive year.

The 2008 season Seppi won his first Challenger title at Bergamo where he defeated Julien Benneteau 2-6 6-2 7-5 in the final for the loss of 1 set in the tournament. He made the quarter finals of the indoor event in Rotterdam where he defeated Lleyton Hewitt 3-6 7-6(4) 7-6 (4) in the process saving a match point. Then he scored his biggest win over the then world number 2 Rafael Nadal 3-6 6-3 6-4, before losing to Robin Söderling. Seppi qualified for the semi finals of the Hamburg Masters, this was the first time he reached that stage of the Masters Series events, he defeated Richard Gasquet, Juan Mónaco and Nicolas Kiefer in a match where he led 6-3 5-3, before winning 6-3 5-7 7-5, which included Seppi winning the last 4 games and went for 3 hours and 13 minutes in duration , before losing to Roger Federer in the semi finals.

Seppi speaks German, Italian and English. He supports AC Milan and his nickname is Seppio, given to him by his coach. When asked how did he manage to lose in the 2007 Kitzbühel quarterfinals to good friend Potito Starace after being 6-1 5-3 ahead? He answered "Easy: if I beat him who would have supplied me with movies for the whole season?". WTA player and good friend Karin Knapp lives in the same town as Seppi.

In Rotterdam 2008, the crowd sang Happy Birthday to Seppi, after he defeated Rafael Nadal and when asked by the on court interviewer after been drawn to play Lleyton Hewitt and then Rafael Nadal. Did he expect to standing there in the quarter finals? Seppi answered 'that he had his flight booked for Wednesday".

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Paul-Henri Mathieu

Infobox last updated on: January 12, 2009.

Paul-Henri Mathieu (born January 12, 1982 in Strasbourg, France) is a French tennis player.

Mathieu was born in Strasbourg. He first began playing tennis at age 3, with his older brother Pierre-Yves. Between 1997 and 2000 he trained at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida. After having won the Junior title at the French Open (defeating Tommy Robredo), he made his ATP tour debut in July 2000, in Kitzbühel.

2002 was Mathieu's breakthrough year. He made the 4th round of the French Open, only losing to Andre Agassi in 5 sets, despite having a 2 set lead. Later on in the year, he confirmed his potential by winning back to back tournaments in Moscow and Lyon. On October 14 he became world no. 36 and his progess won him the ATP Newcomer of the Year award for 2002. He also nearly won the Davis Cup in 2002 with the French Davis Cup team, but lost the deciding rubber of the final to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, once more after relinquishing a 2 set advantage.

In 2005 he achieved his best ever result in an ATP Masters Series event, knocking out Andy Roddick on his way to the semi-finals at Montreal. He had a record of 2–2 in the 4 Davis Cup matches he played that year. He won both his matches against the Swedish opponents Thomas Johansson and Joachim Johansson, but lost to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev in the quarter final tie.

2006 saw him equal his best result at a Grand Slam tournament by reaching the 4th round of the Australian Open. In May a career-high ranking of 32 was attained. In the 3rd round of the French Open, he lost to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in a gruelling encounter which lasted 4 hours and 53 minutes, but amazingly only saw 42 games played (Nadal won the match 5–7, 6–4, 6–4, 6–4, with the first set lasting 93 minutes and each of the following sets longer than an hour). Many tennis players and commentators, including two-time French Open runner-up Alex Corretja, hailed it as a classic.

Mathieu is known for being able to hit heavy groundstrokes from both wings and his topspin forehand is probably his biggest weapon. A relatively popular, well-liked player despite his inconsistent career results, Mathieu is often affectionately known by his initials, "PHM". His favourite surfaces are clay and hard, and he admired Boris Becker while growing up. His brother Pierre-Yves is now a tennis coach in Strasbourg.

2007 started poorly for Mathieu when he injured himself at the Australian Open during a 1st round encounter against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco and was forced to retire from the match. This was unfortunate as Mathieu was up 2 sets and 3–0 in the 3rd set tiebreak at the time. After returning from his injury, he reached the 4th round in Miami, beating then world number 5 Fernando González of Chile along the way, before bowing out to Andy Murray in 3 sets.

On April 29, 2007, Mathieu won his 3rd career title, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca defeating Álbert Montañés 6–1 6–1. At Wimbledon, he reached round 4 for the first time, defeating Radek Štěpánek, #17 seed (15th-ranked) David Ferrer, and 15th seed (12th-ranked) Ivan Ljubičić. He attained a career high ranking of 28 in singles after this result, entering the world's top 30 for the first time. The week after Wimbledon, he beat Italian Andreas Seppi 6–7 (1), 6–3, 7–5 in a difficult final to claim his fourth ATP Tour title in Gstaad, Switzerland. He rose to #23 in the rankings, making his top 25 breakthrough.

At the Montreal Masters, he produced one of the comebacks of the season to beat 15th seed Guillermo Cañas. Trailing 4–6 0–4, he managed to up his level of play to win 13 of the next 14 games and record a win by the score of 4–6 7–5 6–0. He followed that up with a win over Mario Ančić in round 2. In round 3, he ran into Rafael Nadal, and actually won the first set 6–3 before losing the next two 6–3 6–2.

He then made the semi-finals of New Haven losing to world number 6 James Blake in a 3rd set tiebreak. This result projected him in the world's top 20 for the 1st time, at the 20th rank.

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2008 Pilot Pen Tennis

Men's singles champion Marin Cilic

The 2008 Pilot Pen Tennis was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 40th edition of the Pilot Pen Tennis, and was part of the International Series of the 2008 ATP Tour, and of the Tier II Series of the 2008 WTA Tour. It took place at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center in New Haven, United States, from August 15 through August 23, 2008.

The men's field was headlined by ATP No. 13, Nottingham runner-up and Umag champion Fernando Verdasco, Cincinnati Masters semifinalist and Nottingham titlist Ivo Karlovic, and winner of back-to-back titles in Stuttgart, Kitzbühel, Los Angeles and Washington Juan Martin del Potro. Other top seeds are Gstaad and Umag finalist Igor Andreev, Viña del Mar and Pörtschach runner-up Juan Monaco, Marin Cilic, Andreas Seppi and Mardy Fish.

The women's draw was led by WTA No. 10, Rome Tier I semifinalist and Paris champion Anna Chakvetadze, Australian Open semifinalist and Indian Wells Tier I quarterfinalist Daniela Hantuchova, and Paris, Eastbourne and Montreal semifinalist, Standford finalist Marion Bartoli. Also competing are Paris finalist Agnes Szavay, Bangalore runner-up Patty Schnyder, Flavia Pennetta, Alize Cornet and Dominika Cibulkova.

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2009 Qatar ExxonMobil Open

The 2009 Qatar ExxonMobil Open was a tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts. It was the 17th edition of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, and part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the 2009 ATP World Tour. It took place at the Khalifa International Tennis Complex in Doha, Qatar, from January 5 through January 10, 2009. The event offered prize money of $183000 for the winner, as well as 250 ranking points.

The singles field was headlined by World No. 1, Beijing Olympics gold medalist, French Open and Wimbledon, Monte Carlo, Hamburg and Toronto Masters, Barcelona and London champion Rafael Nadal, Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) No. 2, French Open and Wimbledon runner-up, US Open, Estoril, Halle and Basel titlist Roger Federer, US Open finalist, Cincinnati and Madrid Masters, Marseille and Saint Petersburg winner, Doha defending champion Andy Murray, and US Open quarterfinalist, San Jose, Dubai and Beijing champion Andy Roddick.

Day by day summaries of the men's singles and doubles events. The singles draw is composed of 32 players, with 8 of these players seeded, while the doubles draw features 16 players, 4 of which are seeded.

Fifth seed Frenchman Gael Monfils was the first player to reach the second round in the singles event with a straight-forward 6–2, 6–2 victory over 99th ranked Czech player Jan Hernych. His next opponent will be fellow countryman Nicolas Devilder who overcame home wildcard Abdulla Hadjji 6–0, 6–3 The no. 4 seed, Andy Roddick had a comfortable 6–1, 6–3 win against Ivan Navarro. In other first round matches completed on day one, Victor Hanescu won his match against Viktor Troicki, the Romanian overcoming the Serbian currently ranked eight places below him in the world rankings at #56 and Italian Andreas Seppi overcame the German Denis Gremelmayr by the same scoreline. The match between Sergiy Stakhovsky (who had just entered the top 100 at #93) and Christophe Rochus became the first in the tournament to last three sets, Stakhovsky coming out on top 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(3). Philipp Petzschner won his opening match against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7–6(2), 6–3.

Several of the first round doubles matches were also completed. Spanish wildcards and new partnership Marc Lopez and world no. 1 singles player Rafael Nadal overcame compatriots Oscar Hernandez and Albert Montanes 6–3, 6–3 in just over 1 hour. They set up a quarter-final match with fourth-seeded Germans Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber who had beaten British pair Ross Hutchins and Andy Murray (who was also due to play Montanes in the singles tournament) 7–5, 6–4. Home-favourite Abdulla Hajji, partnering Lamine Ouahab of Algeria, lost for the second time in the day, 6–0, 6–2 against Fabrice Santoro and Mikhail Youzhny. Second seeded South African duo Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie took three sets to beat Igor Andreev and Jaroslav Levinsky 4–6, 6–2, 10-1 on the Champions tiebreak. In the final match of the day, Dmitry Tursunov and Lukasz Kubot overcame the challenge of Serbian Michal Mertinak and Italian Potito Starace 6–2, 6–2.

Defending champion and no. 3 seed Andy Murray, fresh from his win in the Abu Dhabi exhibition event, made a successful start to his title defence, defeating Spaniard and ATP no. 42 Albert Montanes 6–2, 6–4. Murray broke twice for a 5–1 lead and went 4–0 up in the second set with two further breaks and, despite an inconsistent performance, he managed to win the match. He next faces a match against Philipp Petzschner. Wildcard Arnaud Clement of Spain advanced to a second round match against Andy Roddick after overcoming Argentine player Diego Junqueira 6–1, 6–2. In the clash of the Russians, Mikhail Youzhny edged out 6th seed Igor Andreev 4–6, 6–3, 6–4, with a match against Victor Hanescu to come in round two. Qualifier Alexander Peya, ranked at #148, scored a surprise victory over no. 7 seed, Russian Dmitry Tursunov 2–6, 6–3, 6–4. He set up a clash with Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round. Second seed and former world no. 1 Roger Federer made a strong start to his ATP Tour campaign, beating Potito Starace in straight sets 6–2, 6–2 and lining up a meeting with Andreas Seppi for a place in the quarter-finals. Top seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal also had a comfortable passage into round two, dropping only 1 game in a 6–0, 6–1 thrashing of veteran Fabrice Santoro, who was still ranked at #51 but couldn't match Nadal's power. Nadal received his 2008 ATP World Tour Champion Trophy before the match, awarded to him for finishing on top of the world rankings at the end of 2008. In other matches, Belgian Kristof Vliegen reached the second round and a meeting with German Philipp Kohlschreiber with a 6–1, 6–7(4), 7–6(5) against Oscar Hernandez. No. 8 seed Kohlschreiber had earlier won his match against Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli 6–4, 6–3.

The doubles event continued on day two, with an early result seeing Victor Hanescu, partnered by American James Cerretani, beat Victor Troicki for the second time in two days. Troicki who had also been beaten by Hanescu in the singles event, lost 6–4, 6–4, accompanied by Andreas Seppi. Top seeds Daniel Nestor from Canada and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic easily progressed, losing just 4 games in a 6–3, 6–1defeat of French duo Arnaud Clement and Nicolas Devilder who had both reached round two of the singles draw. The quarterfinal line-up was completed by Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Peya who knocked out third seeds Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski 6–1, 7–6(5).

The second round in the singles draw began on day three with the top five seeds in action. In the first match of the days session, Victor Hanescu reached the quarter finals with a 6–2, 6–4 victory against Mikhail Youzhny. Andy Murray took the court second and defeated Philipp Petzschner 6–2, 6–4 to take another step towards retaining his title, followed quickly after by world #1 Rafael Nadal, who defeated Karol Beck 6–1, 6–2 in 61 minutes. Murray next plays Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky, who defeated qualifier Alexander Peya 7–5, 6–3. 5th-seeded wildcard Gael Monfils was also victorious 7–5, 7–6 against fellow Frenchman Nicolas Devilder and will next play Nadal. 8th seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Kristof Vliegen 6–4, 6–7(4), 6–4 and he was due to face Roger Federer who beat Andreas Seppi 6–3, 6–3. In the final match of the day, fourth seeded Andy Roddick beat wildcard Arnaud Clement 6–3, 7–5.

In doubles, the quarter finals began with Mikhail Youzhny playing his second match of the day partnering Fabrice Santoro against Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie for a place in the semi-finals. Youzhny and Santoro shocked the second seeds 7–5, 7–6(2) to book their semi-final place. About 15 minutes later, top seed and ten-times Grand Slam doubles finalists Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic (twice together) started their quarter-final match with Lukasz Kubot and Dmitry Tursunov, emerging victorious 7–5, 6–4. Third seeds Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber were also knocked out of the tournament at the quarter-final stage, losing to Spanish wildcards Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal. Philipp Kohlschreiber had won the tournament last year with Czech David Scoch.

All quarter-final matches in the men's draw were completed on day four. Andy Roddick started off the action with his best performance of the week in a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Victor Hanescu. The second match of the day produced the biggest surprise of the event, as #5 seed Gael Monfils routed world #1 Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-4, facing only one break point. He was followed by world #2 Roger Federer, who was heavily tested by Philipp Kohlschreiber, coming back from 5-1 and 6-3 in the tiebreak to win 6-2, 7-6(6), after having led the German 6-2 4-1. The day ended with world #4 and defending champion Andy Murray cruising to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Sergiy Stakhovsky in a repeat of his victory over the Ukrainian in the US Open junior's final. Murray and Federer knew they would meet for the third tournament in a row.

In the doubles, #1 team Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic advanced to the final with a 6-1, 6-7(8), 10-3 victory over Joseph Cerretani & Victor Hanescu. Their opponents are Marc Lopez & Rafael Nadal, who narrowly defeated Fabrice Santoro & Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6(2), 11-9.

The two singles semi-finals were played on day five. Gael Monfils was unable to continue his hot streak from the previous day's play, losing to Andy Roddick 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3, after serving for the first set. The second semifinal saw the very anticipated matchup between defending champ Andy Murray and #2 Roger Federer. The match didn't disappoint fans, seeing plenty of memorable points, with the Brit prevailing 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2, even though Federer had 3 consecutive break points early in the second set and Murray received medical attention on his back in the third. The match ended with Federer smashing a low overhead into the net. It was the third consecutive official time that Murray prevailed, with Murray also winning an exhibition match last week; Murray extended his head to head lead to 5-2, and goes into his final with a 5-2 lead over Roddick.

In the doubles final, the world #1 team of Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic faced singles world no. 1 Rafael Nadal and partner Marc Lopez. Nestor and Zimonjic, the ATP World Tour Champions for 2008, were bidding for the seventh doubles title as a partnership. Nestor had previously won the title at Doha with Mark Knowles in 1996 and 2001. On the opposite side, Nadal and Lopez were teaming up for the first time. Nadal had won four of his last seven doubles finals while Lopez was appearing in his second ATP doubles final. In the final, Lopez dropped his serve twice in the opening set but in the second, a single break sufficed for Nadal and Lopez to level the match, from Nestor in the third game. In the deciding champions tiebreak (first to ten points), Zimonjic and Nestor led 6–5 but Lopez and Nadal won 5 of the last seven points to seal a 4–6, 6–4, 10–8 victory.

The only match to take place on the final day of the tournament was the singles final. World no. 4 and third seeded Briton Andy Murray took on American Andy Roddick. Despite initial fears from Murray that he would be unfit to play after suffering from a back injury, he recovered enough to participate. The final started with four service holds before Murray broke Roddick in the fifth game for a 3–2 lead. This was followed by another in the seventh game and Murray sealed the set. In the second, Roddick just about held his opening service game but was broken in the third game of the set and then again two games later. Holding a 5–2 lead, Murray fell behind 0–30 on serve and had break point against him. However, he regained his composure and served out to win the match. In winning the tournament, Murray won his ninth career ATP title and defended the title he won in 2008.

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2008 Nottingham Open

The 2008 Nottingham Open (also known as the Slazenger Open for sponsorship reasons) was a tennis tournament played on outdoor grass courts. It was the 20th edition of the Nottingham Open, and was part of the International Series of the 2008 ATP Tour. It took place at the Nottingham Tennis Centre in Nottingham, England, United Kingdom, from June 16 through June 21, 2008.

The singles field was led by ATP No. 16, Rome Masters semifinalist and San Jose finalist Radek Stepanek, Munich semifinalist Paul-Henri Mathieu, and Hamburg Masters quarterfinalist Fernando Verdasco. Among other players competing were Queen's Club quarterfinalist and Nottingham defending champion Ivo Karlovic, Casablanca titlist Gilles Simon, Dmitry Tursunov, Andreas Seppi and Gael Monfils.

Russian sixth seed Dmitry Tursunov was expelled from the tournament by the ATP after he stormed off the court in his doubles' first round match, dismayed at a decision from the line judge, as Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi led him and partner Chris Haggard 6–4, 3–1. While Tursunov was expected to receive a fine, the ATP decided to deliver a more severe punishment, withdrawing him from the singles event. His scheduled second round opponent, Thomas Johansson, was given a walkover into the quarterfinals.

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