Sorry, I just noticed this result now, even though the match took place a while ago. But is this a huge win for Misha or what?!
A win over the #6 player in the world will do wonders for his confidence, especially since he has so many points to defend in the upcoming weeks. If he doesn't post decent results during this Australian season, his ranking will plummet ... but this is definitely a good omen. A particularly satisfying win after their last two matches in the fall season, both won by Rainer (the first was a choke, the second was a straight-set thwomping).
How far do you peoples think Youzhny can go this year? I think it's about time he starts to make some improvement and challenges for the Top 20.