In a battle of young talents, Russian Evgeny Korolev defeated Uzbekistan's top ranked player, Denis Istomin 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 6-3. Korolev next faces Philipp Kohlschreiber in the 2nd round of the Kremlin Cup.
This should have been an interesting match to watch. I saw Korolev this year for the fist time in Marseille, in his QF match against Grosjean. He lost but i was impressed by his game, as well as in his 2nd round match vs. Gaudio in the French Open where he pushed the '04 champ. to the limit and finally lost in 5 close sets.
Good luck to him