Memphis, TN, United States (4E Sports) – For the second straight week, world No. 71 Igor Sijsling recorded a huge upset in the first round of an ATP tournament, this time ousting defending champion Jurgen Melzer, 6-4, 7-6 (3), Tuesday at the US National Indoor Tennis Championships.
Sijsling hit seven aces and saved all of his four break points to beat Melzer in one hour and 29 minutes.
Last week, Sijsling tallied his first Top 10 win by beating world No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
The No. 27-ranked Melzer won the Memphis trophy with victory over Milos Raonic in last year’s final.
Meanwhile, world No. 86 Michael Russell recorded just his second tour-level win of the season, defeating Russia’s Alex Bogomolov Jr., 6-2, 6-4
The American, a quarterfinalist in Memphis two years ago, broke serve five times to clinch victory in 77 minutes.
In France, former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko reached the second round of the Open 13 for just the third time in eight visits after beating Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, in one hour and 38 minutes.
The Russian broke serve five times to beat the No. 100-ranked Stakhovsky for the third time in four meetings.
The 31-year-old Davydenko, runner-up at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha, will face third seed Tsonga in the next round.
France’s Michael Llodra forged a rematch of last year’s final against second seed Juan Martin del Potro after eliminating David Goffin of Belgium, 6-2, 6-4, in 65 minutes.
World No. 354 Somdev Devvarman recorded his fourth win of the season after a 7-6(6), 6-7(7), 6-4 triumph over home favorite Benoit Paire in two hours and 37 minutes.
On the women’s side, four of the top 10 players who saw action in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships all advanced to the next round.
Fifth-ranked Sara Errani was the first to advance, beating Julia Goerges, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, after a hard-fought match that lasted two hours and 11 minutes.
For her part, No. 6 Petra Kvitova easily defeated Daniela Hantuchova, 6-2, 6-1, in 65 minutes. Kvitova is now 6-0 against the Slovak.
Eighth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki cruised past former No. 1 Lucie Safarova, 6-2, 6-2, while
No. 7 Samantha Stosur downed Ekaterina Makarova, 6-3, 6-1.
In other matches, Nadia Petrova blasted 11 aces to beat Dominika Cibulkova, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2; Zheng Jie beat Urszula Radwanska, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5; and Roberta Vinci eliminated Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-3, 6-2.