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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Robredo Crashes Out of St. Petersburg Open

ST. PETERSBURG -- Second-seeded Tommy Robredo crashed out of the St Petersburg Open on Tuesday.

The Spaniard went down 3-6, 6-2, 4-6 to the Australian Wayne Arthurs. His defeat opens the way for the No. 1 seed and home favorite Nikolai Davydenko.

Third-seeded Mario Ancic, however, beat Paul Goldstein of the United States 7-5, 6-1 to make the second round. The big-serving Croat will meet either the Netherland's Raemon Sluiter or Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot.

Ancic's compatriot, Marin Cilic, lost to Andrei Pavel 4-6, 5-7 and Sweden's Thomas Johansson beat Frank Dancevic of Canada 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-3.

Finland's fifth seed, Jarkko Nieminen, saw off unseeded Janko Tipsarevich of Serbia 7-5, 6-2 to reach the second round of the $1 million event on Monday.

The 18th-ranked Finn -- who won his first title in Auckland, New Zealand, in January -- had two breaks in the second set. "This is the best season in my career and my goal is to win here," said Nieminen

Wild card Igor Kunitsyn saved seven breakpoints to oust Bjorn Phau of Germany 7-6 (6), 6-3.

South Africa's Wesley Moodie eliminated Russian Teimuraz Gabashvili 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in another first-round clash to set up a meeting with either Davydenko or Frenchman Fabrice Santoro.

Davydenko, hoping to secure a place in next month's season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, where only the world's top eight players compete, faces Santoro in a rematch of their Kremlin Cup semifinal in Moscow earlier this month, when the Russian won in straight sets on his way to claiming his fourth title of the year.