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Defending champ Dzumhur advances to St Petersburg 2nd round

September 18, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Defending champion Damir Dzumhur advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Open after beating Austrian qualifier Lucas Miedler 7-5, 6-3 on Tuesday.

Dzumhur bounced back from 3-0 down in the opening set by winning 10 of the following 12 games.

The sixth-seeded Bosnian will face either Argentine player Guido Pella or Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka. Stan Wawrinka is a possible quarterfinal opponent.

Last year, Dzumhur became the first man to win both of the ATP Tour’s Russian events in a single season after victory in St. Petersburg and at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow.

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