De Bakker wins after Youzhny gives up
It seems to be a Dutch party everyday in Ahoy Rotterdam. After the success of Igor Sijsling against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on the opening day of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, on Tuesday a victory of Thiemo de Bakker followed. The Dutch number three, playing with a wildcard, qualified for the second round after his opponent Mikhail Youzhny had to abandon in the third because of a hip injury.
With a score of 3-6, 7-6, 4-1 the Russian, who won the tournament in 2007, congratulated De Bakker. The Dutchman, number 123 of the world, deserved the victory. After a difficult start the 24-year-old played excellent tennis. Thanks to his powerful services, that regularly reached speeds above the 200 kilometers per hour, he grew into the game.
De Bakker’s good performance was somewhat of a surprise because after a back injury this was only his first game in a month. The game was also his first encounter at ATP World Tour level since last year’s edition of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.
"I started nervously and struggled to get into the game”, said De Bakker afterwards. "Maybe that was because I'm not used to playing in big stadiums. In the second set I started to serve well and that pulled me through. It’s never fun to win when your opponent gives up. It is very annoying for him. But for me this is a good result. It helps me in the direction of the top 100. "
In the second round De Bakker will play the winner of the match between Federer and Zemlya.
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