Illya Marchenko knocks off Ernests Gulbis at the Odlum Brown VanOpen

Ernests Gulbis

VANCOUVER, August, 19, 2015

In a  three-hour  match that thrilled the crowd at the Odlum Brown VanOpen on Tuesday evening, former World No. 10 Ernests  Gublis of Latvia was knocked out of the ATP Challenger event by Illya Marchenko of Ukraine 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2). It’s the third time in four career meetings  between the two that Marchenko has come out on top. The match saw Gulbis hit 14 aces, but also 10 double faults.

Gulbis is one of three seeded players  on the men’s side  to be eliminated in the first round.  Top  seed  Ricardas  Berankis  of  Lithuania  fell  6-4,  6-1  to  Jurgen  Zopp  of Estonia and No. 5 seed Go Soeda of Japan was forced to withdraw due to an injury, giving Romanian Marius Copil a berth in the second round.

Men’s Singles First Round Main Draw
Taro Daniel (7), Japan, def. Matthew Ebden, Australia, 6-0, 0-0, retired
Matteo Donati, Italy, def. (WC) Dennis Novikov, United States, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-1
Brydan Klein, Great Britain, def. Austin Krajicek, United States, 6-4, 6-3
Dudi Sela, Israel, def. (Q) Maxime Hamou, France, 6-4, 7-6(3)
John Millman (2), Australia, def. (WC) Alexander Sarkissian, United States, 6-1, 6-1
Marius Copil, Romania, def. Go Soeda, (5), Japan, walkover
(Q) Daniel Evans, Great Britain, def. (Q) Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic, 6 -4, 6-1
Yuki Bhambri, India, def. Alejandro Falla, Colombia, 6-3, 6-0
Jurgen Zopp, Estonia, def. Ricardas Berankis (1), Lithuania, 6-4, 6-1
Farrukh Dustov, Uzbekistan, def. (WC) Mathias Bourgue, France, 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
(Q) Guido Andreozzi, Argentina, def. (LL) Philip Bester, Canada, 6-4, 6-3
Jurgen Melzer, Austria, def. Elias Ymer, Sweden, 6-2, 7-5
Illya Marchenko, Ukraine, def. (WC) Ernests Gulbis (3), Latvia, 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2)