Finding himself once again again among the top 100 players in the world, Andrey Golubev is briefly putting aside the ATP to dedicate himself to his homeland of Kazakhstan. From March 5 to 7, Andrey will be on the courts of Astana to try for the Davis Cup from the region of Asia-Oceana. Facing off on Kazakhstan's red earth, Andrey and the his countrymen will off against face South Korea. Whoever wins will go on to meet either China or Uzbekistan in early March.
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Golubev Guides Kazakstan to Davis Cup's Second Round
The first round of the Davis Cup Asia-Ocenia went better than expected for Andrey Golubev's Kazakstan. The young Bra resident played a critical role in his country's victory over South Korea. The 5-0 final, which brings Kazakstan into the second round scheduled for May 7-9 in China, saw Andrey bring home two points in singles and one in doubles.
In his debut on the courts of Astana, the student of Massimo Puci beat Yong-Kyu Lim 6-1, 6-1, 6-4, only to repeat the performance in the fourth singles against Hyun Joon Kim with a score of 6-1, 6-1, 6-4. At that point the results were a foregone conclusion, the deciding points having been already gained the previous day in doubles with Yuriy Schukin, when the two Kazaks together trounced the Koreans 6-7, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Next week Andrey returns to the professional circuit, playing in the Sunrise Challenger in Florida, where tough adversaries await him. It's the final test before the 1000 ATP in Miami.
The first round of the Sunrise Challenger removed all doubts about Andrey's physical and mental condition. There had been every reason to expect a less-than-spectacular performance, given the exhaustive travels of recent weeks and the short time available to adjust to the playing surface. But the "Kazak from Bra" turned in a surprising performance, dominating the court and liquidating the intimidating Chilean Massu in two sets (6-2, 6-4). Today however, he must prevail against an even more challenging foe, Benjamin Becker, who tops the tournament's third series. Should Andrey succeed, it will mean he's ready to take on the rest of the lineup and make is mark on the tournament.
Sunrise Challenger: Andrey's march stopped in the second round.
A bad day, one of those good for nothing days, happened to Andrey yesterday, when he went down in defeat to Benjamin Becker 0-6, 2-6. Andrey never really seemed to be in the game, allowing his opponent to take charge. His participation at the Sunrise Challenger did allow him to walk away with 10 more ATP points, however. Now, the "Kazak from Bra" and his coach Massimo Puci, will travel to Key Biscayne to try to qualify for the Sony Ericsson Open.
ORDER OF PLAY - MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010 COURT 2 start 10:00 am
Qualifying - X Malisse (BEL) vs M Yani (USA) - ATP
Qualifying - D Young (USA) vs R Ginepri (USA) - ATP Qualifying - A Golubev (KAZ) vs R Kendrick (USA) - ATP
It's the start of another week in the USA for Andrey, who, after the Sunrise Challenger, has moved to the Sony Ericcson Miami Open (ATP World Tour Masters 1000-$3,645,000) where he starts with the qualifying.
The first round is scheduled for this afternoon, Monday March 22, and will see Andrey take the court against american Robert Kendrick. To capture one of the 12 spots in the main draw available to qualifiers however, he will have to win two rounds. So the winner of the Golubev\Kendrick matchup will have to face the winner of the Dodig-Machado match.