Ukrainian tennis players reach the second round of the tournament on hard courts in Marseille with a prize Fund of €691,850.
For Ilya Marchenko, the current week has a high value, because the virtual player in the ATP ranking already fell out of top 100. The first step on the way to return to the hundred Marchenko did after the victory over the young Russian Andrey Rublev.
Marchenko could defeat the opponent the first set Ilya won with the score 6:1, and during the second game the Ukrainian was leading 4:1 and was on the verge of another break-point. Instead of a comfortable end of the match Marchenko made a back break, then sprained his left ankle and the incredible efforts to put the squeeze on the Russians in the tie-break.
Andrei Rublev (Russia) — Ilya Marchenko (Ukraine) — 1:6, 6:7
Sergiy Stakhovsky in the main draw of the tournament in Marseille came through the qualification and first round Ukrainian confidently beat the 55th ranked Jiri Vesely. This victory became the first for nine races on the ATP tournaments since June of last year.
Kiev never lost his serve, but the total of made three breaks. Your only chance to reverse the game Fun was missing in the beginning of the second set when Stakhovsky had to earn three break points.
Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) — Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) — 6:2, 6:4
The next opponents of the Ukrainians in Marseille will be the star of French tennis – Sergiy Stakhovsky will play against the first racket of the hosts of the Gael the Gael, and Ilya Marchenko will compete with the experienced Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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