Safin, Kafelnikov Win in Uzbekistan
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) _ Defending champion Marat Safin beat Israel’s Noam Ockun 6-4, 6-2, and Russian compatriot Yevgeny Kafelnikov defeated Germany’s Lars Burgsmuller 6-4, 7-6 in first-round matches at the President’s Cup Wednesday.
Safin and Kafelnikov, semifinal losers at the U.S. Open, complained they were tired from jet lag.
Safin will play longtime doubles partner Marc Rosset of Switzerland in the second round.
Kafelnikov trailed Burgsmuller in the second set before his opponent double-faulted three times while serving. Kafelnikov plays Stefan Doubek of Austria in the second round.
Third-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia beat compatriot Jan Kroslak 7-5, 6-1 in a second round match. Hrbaty will meet Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand in the next round.
Srichaphan defeated American Taylor Dent 6-4, 6-2. Dent lost three serves in a row in the second set.
In another second-round match, Sargis Sargsian of Armenia beat Gianluca Pozzi of Italy 6-2, 7-5. In a first-round match, Stefan Koubek of Austria beat Vadim Kutsenko of Uzbekistan, 6-4, 6-2.