Stepanek, Golubev win Moscow openers

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MOSCOW -- Seeded players Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic and Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan were among Tuesday's opening-round winners at the $1.08 million Kremlin Cup.

The fifth-seeded Stepanek handled Romanian Victor Hanescu 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, while the sixth-seeded Golubev grounded Argentine Maximo Gonzalez 6-3, 6-2 on the indoor hardcourts at Olympic Stadium.

In action involving Russians on Day 2, qualifier Igor Kunitsyn topped wild card countryman Igor Andreev 6-4, 7-6 (7-5); Romanian Victor Crivoi got past fellow qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6 (7-4), 6-3; Romania's Alexandr Dolgopolov drove out qualifier Ilya Belyaev 6-2, 6-4; and Mikhail Kukushkin bested France's Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-4. Kunitsyn titled here in 2008 by upsetting former Russian star Marat Safin in the final. Andreev was the Moscow champ back in 2005.

Additional opening-round wins came for Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin and Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas.

On Wednesday here, top-seeded Russian favorite Nikolay Davydenko will face Cuevas in the second round. Davydenko titled here in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Last year's Moscow runner-up, Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, will take to the courts for his opening-round match on Wednesday, as the eighth seed will encounter Argentine Horacio Zeballos. Tipsarevic lost to Russian star Mikhail Youzhny in last year's finale here.

A second-seeded Youzhny will meet the aforementioned Istomin in a second-rounder here on Thursday.

Russians have won six straight and 11 of the last 13 titles in Moscow.

The 2010 Kremlin Cup champion will earn $181,750.


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