Youzhny reaches quarters

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, Last Updated: 3:06 PM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Former champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia was among Thursday's second-round winners at the $750,000 St. Petersburg Open.

The top-seeded Youzhny, who captured this event back in 2004, came from behind to best qualifier fellow Russian Evgeny Donskoy 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 on the indoor hardcourts at SCC Peterburgsky.

The U.S. Open semifinalist Youzhny will be opposed by eighth-seeded Romanian Victor Hanescu in Friday's quarterfinals. Hanescu held off American qualifier Rajeev Ram 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-3 on Day 4 here.

An upset occurred when former top-20 Russian Dmitry Tursunov tripped up fourth-seeded Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei 6-1, 6-4.

In other second-round play, Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov leveled German veteran Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 6-2, Ilya Marchenko of Ukraine handled Russian qualifier Konstantin Kravchuk 6-4, 6-4, and German Benjamin Becker doused France's Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-2.

Friday's other quarters will pit third-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic against Russian Mikhail Kukushkin, Marchenko versus Becker and the wild card Tursunov against Dolgopolov.

The 2010 St. Petersburg champ will collect $113,600.


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