It will not be a repeat in 2016 for Milos Raonic at the St. Petersburg Open in Russia, an ATP World Tour 250 event.
Raonic, the tournament’s defending champion, was upset in his opening match on Thursday 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 by Russian Mikhail Youzhny. Seeded no. 2, the 25-year-old Canadian seemed well on his way to a win leading 6-2 with two chances to serve out the match at 5-4 and 6-5 in the second set. He also led 5-1 in the tiebreak before ultimately falling in three sets.
Mikhail Youzhny gets biggest of his 33 career wins at #SPBOpen over No. 6 Raonic after Canadian served for match twice & led 2nd-set TB 5-1.
— ATP Media Info (@ATPMediaInfo) September 22, 2016
Last year, Raonic captured his seventh career ATP singles title in St. Petersburg after defeating Joao Sousa in the final.
Raonic’s next scheduled tournament is the China Open in Beijing beginning October 3.