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11.10.2020, 20:44 #News #Best

Qualifications matches of St. Petersburg Open 2020 started on Saturday and on Sunday the names of the winners who reached the main draw were revealed.

There was an intense clash in the finals of the quallies between the Serb Nikola Milojevic and the Croat Nino Serdarusic. The tennis players were fighting for 2 hrs and 22 mins on court and wild card holder Nino Serdarusic won the match. His opponent (Milojevic) made more unforced errors (55 versus 45) and served worse. Thus, the Croat who has played two three-setters in the quallies secured a spot in the main draw where he will take on Relly Opelka from the USA.

Another wild card owner – the 21-year-old Russian Pavel Kotov – rallied to beat the Ecuadorian in three sets 5/7, 7/6(1), 6/2 in 2 hrs 39 mins. He made more unforced errors (60 v 56), but at the same time he had more points won forcing 39 (while his opponent made 25). Thus, he became the second wild card holder from the qualifications to reach the main draw at St. Petersburg Open 2020. He will face Ugo Humbert from France in R1 of the main draw.

Unfortunately for the Russian crowd Alen Avidzba from Sochi didn’t manage to beat J. J. Wolf from the USA losing in three sets 6/3, 5/7, 1/6. The match lasted almost 2 hrs. According to match statistics, Wolf had more total points won (89). Prior to that the American tennis player outplayed another Alexey Vatutin. In the main draw J. J. Wolf will face the 6th seed Canadian Milos Raonic.

The last winner of the qualifications became Ilya Ivashka from Belarus. He beat former World № 12 Viktor Troicki from Serbia in straight sets 7/5, 6/1. The match lasted 1 hr 25 mins. The tennis player from Minsk served better on his first serve and made fewer errors. He is to face the French Adrian Mannarino in the main draw of St. Petersburg Open 2020.

The lucky loser of St. Petersburg Open 2020 is Emilio Gomez, he gets into the main draw due to the withdrawal of Jannik Sinner. Gomez will take in R1 on Russian wild card owner Roman Safiullin.


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