Blake exits Pilot Pen

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Two-time champion James Blake was a second-round loser Wednesday at the $750,000 Pilot Pen Tennis event, a final hardcourt U.S. Open tune-up.

Seventh-seeded rising Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov dismissed Blake in 6-4, 6-2 fashion at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale in a match that was suspended because of rain here on Tuesday night. The struggling former top- five star Blake captured titles here in 2005 and 2007.

A mild third-round upset came when Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili grounded fifth- seeded Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (9-7).

In other third-round play, 15th-seeded Uzbekistanian Denis Istomin held off Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 and Russian Evgeny Korolev topped Ukrainian Illya Marchenko 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Another second-round result saw 10th-seeded Serb Viktor Troicki handle Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 6-3.

The 2010 Pilot Pen champion will collect $93,630.


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