No surprise. Truthfully, he's still in the doubles draw, but this was his last singles match.
Ancic, Murray Advance to Second Rd.; Gimelstob Bows Out
ST. PETERSBURG OPEN
St. Petersburg, Russia
October 23, 2007
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Ancic now will face third-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny who defeated American Justin Gimelstob 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and seven minutes. World No. 19 Youzhny, a titlist in Rotterdam (d. Ljubicic) this year, hit five aces and broke serve three times to record his 45th victory of the season. He is making his seventh appearance in St. Petersburg, winning the title in 2004 (d. Beck).
World No. 549 Gimelstob (pictured above) played the last singles match of his career with the loss. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 63 in April 1999 and has made one career ATP singles final, losing to Philippoussis in Newport, 2006. Speaking afterwards he said: "Today it was hard to concentrate in the match. I faced a great player and I knew this could be my last match. During my entire career I tried to do the best I could every day; always gave my best. Very few people get to be good at what they do, enjoy it and still make a living of it. I think I'm blessed to be one of those people.
"I think what I miss the most are the guys in the tour. I made great friends throughout my 12-year career. These last couple months of my career were very enjoyable. I want to thank everyone who supported during my career and apologize the umpires for the the problems I might have created."
See you in the broadcast booth Justin (and you still owe me a hitting session). Thanks for the Towels!
Okay haters, have at him. You can't resist.