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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kafelnikov Advances




COMMACK, New York -- Top seed Yevgeny Kafelnikov advanced to the second round of the Hamlet Cup with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Eric Taino, the lowest ranked player in the field.


"No question about it, his game is better than his ranking," Kafelnikov said of his opponent after Tuesday's match.


Kafelnikov, who won this year's Australian Open, has a 12-3 record in hardcourt tournaments this year. The 25-year-old from Russia captured the Hamlet title in 1994 and 1995. Taino, from Jersey City, New Jersey, qualified for the main draw on Monday and is ranked No. 496 by the ATP.


Kafelnikov is 42-19 overall in 1999.