Sunday, May 25, 2014

Tursunov, Querrey set up French Open clash

   Barring a colossal upset, either Dmitry Tursunov or Sam Querrey will face Roger Federer in the third round of the French Open.
   The 31st-seeded Tursunov, a Russian based in the Sacramento suburb of Granite Bay, and Querrey, a San Francisco native living in Las Vegas, beat 32-year-old Italians in straight sets today to set up a second-round meeting and their first on clay.
   Tursunov dispatched qualifier Potito Starace 6-1, 7-5, 6-2, and Querrey handled Filippo Volandri 7-6 (3), 6-4, 6-3. Federer, the 2009 champion seeded fourth, dismissed Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 and will face qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman of Argentina in the second round.
   Tursunov, 31, had never won a set in three career matches, two on clay, against Starace. They also met 10 years ago in the first round of the French Open, with Starace cruising 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.
   Volandri fell to 1-14 this year in Grand Slam or ATP World Tour tournaments.
   The 32nd-ranked Tursunov and No. 64 Querrey have split four career meetings, all on hardcourts. Querrey won the last meeting 7-5, 6-4 in the first round at Brisbane in January.
   Tursunov is 0-4 and Querrey 0-2 lifetime against Federer. Tursunov has won one set against the 32-year-old Swiss star and Querrey none. Five of the six matches have come on hardcourts. Federer beat Querrey 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round of the French Open six years ago in their last meeting.
    Tursunov and Federer met for the first time in six years in March at Indian Wells, with the Federer prevailing 7-6 (7), 7-6 (2) in the third round.
   The best results of Tursunov and the 26-year-old Querrey, both hard hitters, at the French Open are third-round appearances in 2006 and 2008 (Tursunov) and last year (Querrey).

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