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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kafelnikov Advances, Safin Loses




Third-seeded Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia fired 18 aces to defeat Carsten Arriens of Germany in the second day of the $1.1 million Kremlin Cup tournament Tuesday at Moscow's Olimpiisky Sports Complex.


Defending champion and hometown favorite Yevgeny Kafelnikov, seeded second, outlasted his countryman Andrei Cherkasov, a wild-card entrant, 6-3, 6-4. Kafelnikov is No. 8 in the ATP Tour rankings and still has a chance to win a berth in the tour's world championship in Hannover, Germany, later this month.


The tournament's only other Russian player, 18-year-old Marat Safin, lost to eighth seed Paul Haarhuis of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-4.


It took the heavy-serving Ivanisevic, the 1996 Kremlin Cup champion, one hour, 20 minutes to struggle through against Arriens. He failed to break a single serve and won both sets on a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3).


Top-seeded Alex Corretja of Spain defeated unseeded John van Lottum of the Netherlands, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). Corretja, who is No. 6 on the ATP Tour, won four titles this year and has already qualified for Hannover.


Marc Rosset of Switzerland, a two-time Kremlin Cup champion and seeded sixth, eliminated Jeff Tarango of the United States 6-4, 6-4.


In other first-round action, Dutchman Raemon Sluiter upset No. 7 seed Daniel Vacek of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-4, while Germany's Lars Burgsmuller defeated Czech Bohdan Ulihrach 6-4, 6-2.