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Andreev slips past injured Lu Yen-hsun

KREMLIN OPEN Igor Andreev advanced when Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun retired with an ankle injury, while Amelie Mauresmo rallied to beat French compatriot Alize Cornet

AGENCIES , MOSCOW

Fifth seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco overcame Romanian qualifier Victor Crivoi 6-4, 6-4, and he will next play Guillermo Canas of Argentina, who earned a welcome 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 victory over Italy’s Andreas Seppi.

Czech qualifier Jan Hernych edged past Roko Karanusic 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) to set up a second round clash with top seed Stanislas Wawrinka, and there were also victories for Spaniards Carlos Moya and Feliciano Lopez.

Moya defeated Germany’s Michael Berrer 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (8/6), and Lopez overcame Agustin Calleri of Argentina 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/4).

Top seed Wawrinka, second seed Fernando Gonzalez of Chile and Argentine third seed Juan Martin Del Potro this week all have the chance to move into the eighth spot in the Race for the Tennis Masters Cup.

The top eight players will compete in the season-ending event in Shanghai, which takes place between Nov. 9 and Nov. 16.

Less than 100 points separate current Race No. 8 James Blake and 22nd-placed Radek Stepanek. Blake surrendered his opportunity to solidify his position by withdrawing from Vienna for personal reasons.

Del Potro, runner-up in Tokyo on Sunday to Tomas Berdych, can overtake Blake by reaching the quarter-finals in Vienna, and move past No. 7 David Ferrer if he wins the title.

If Wawrinka, currently No. 10 in the Race, wins the title he would move above Blake and Del Potro, if Del Potro fails to reach the final.

A title for Gonzalez would move him up from 11 to eight in the race.

“I need one or two more results and I”m working to earn this,” said Del Potro, who after being ranked 75 in April entered the world”s top 10 this week. “I hope to continue this good form and qualify for Shanghai.”

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