Article-"Tursunov falters in a rare favorite's role in San Jose"
Tursunov falters in a rare favorite's role in San Jose
SAN JOSE - Roseville's Dmitry Tursunov lost 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 Monday in the first round of the Siebel Open.
Tursunov, a 21-year-old playing an opponent for the first time on the ATP Tour who he was favored to beat, fell to qualifier K.J. Hippensteel, a former Stanford All-American making his ATP debut. Playing his first year full time on tour, Tursunov carried the world's No. 84 ranking into the tournament. Hippensteel is ranked No. 377.
"I definitely got a little tense," said Tursunov, a resident of Roseville for three years after coming from Moscow when he was 12 and then spending time in the Bay Area. "I had a lot of friends here. Before the match, I was thinking what will happen if I lose.
"I'm not used to be playing guys (on the ATP Tour) I'm supposed to beat. Before, in ATP events, I was always the underdog. Today, I wasn't. I should have been more focused on the way I played. Hopefully, I'll learn from it."
Vitaly Gorin, his part-time coach who resides in Granite Bay, said Tursunov's feet "didn't move."
"He does better against higher-ranked players," said Gorin, who has known Tursunov for nine years. "If you're worried about losing, you're going to lose. He's not used to this kind of pressure.
"This was the first time he was expected to win at this level of event. He's got to get a few more of these under his belt."