Inglot into round one

  • Last Updated: September 16 2013, 21:15 BST

Britain's Dominic Inglot will try his luck in the first round of the St Petersburg Open after beating home hopeful Alexander Kudryavtsev 7-6 (9/7) 7-6 (7/3) in qualifying.

Dominic Inglot: Won in straight sets
Dominic Inglot: Won in straight sets

The doubles specialist, 27, has never won an ATP Tour singles match and Italy's top-seeded Fabio Fognini - a two-time winner on the tour - will stand in his way of doing so on a hard indoor court.

Inglot took the Citi Open doubles title alongside Treat Huey in 2012 and has competed in five finals in partnership with the Filipino, but the Londoner has never made an impact in the ATP's single rankings.

He peaked at 561st in August 2010 - but sits 33rd in the world for his doubles exploits.

Romanian Victor Hanescu made a shock exit from the first round as Russian teenager Karen Khachanov pulled off a 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/4) win.

The 17-year-old Muscovite will meet Lukas Rosol or Ricardo Berankis in the second round.

Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev beat German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-7 (3/7) 6-3 6-1 in the first round.

Australian Samuel Groth is also through to the main draw, where he will meet Denis Istomin after beating Victor Baluda 6-4 6-3.

Qualifiers Mikhail Biryukov and Konstantin Kravchuk will play Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Horacio Zeballos in their respective first-round matches, while Janko Tipsarevic, Marcos Baghdatis and Fernando Verdasco are among the favourites for the St Petersburg title.


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