The top-seed Frenchman Gilles Simon, along with the number three seed, Alexandr Dolgopolov from the Ukraine, have been knocked out in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open. Simon was defeated by Adrian Mannarino from France in three sets, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. On the other side, Dolgopolov was taken down by the Israeli wild-card Dudi Sela in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
“It was a tough match," said Simon. "I had some opportunities, I was one set up. He saved three break points and played better than me in the end of the second set and in the beginning of the third."
Mikhail Youzhny of Russia has advanced on to the second round after defeating Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine, 6-3, 7-6 (7). Youzhny won the tournament last in 2004, and was able to break early in each set of the match. Stakhovsky won the tournament in 2009, however Youzhny was able to take the match on his second match point.