The clock was moving near the midnight mark but the crowd – 300 or so – had stuck around to watch tennis. Mikhail Youzhny – veteran of Russian tennis – was on the surge and led 6-2, 4-1 over Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut. The Russian was just two games from victory when the tide turned. Things were going in the Spaniard’s way now. He was dictating play and the momentum. The number two seed wasn’t going to go out without a fight. And battle it out he did. Enough to pick up a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win and keep hopes of starting the 2017 on a positive note alive.
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