Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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While it may have been Valentine’s Day outside, there was very little love on the tennis court today at the SAP Open, particularly for the American contingent of players. It may not have been the most dazzling or brilliantly-played set of matches, but it certainly was a very close day of tennis. In the seven matches that took place on the main court at the HP Pavilion today, there were a total of eight tiebreakers played. The quality of play was varied, but it would be hard to ask for matches that were closer or more tense. The schedule opened with a match between two qualifiers, neither of which had ever won or even played a main draw match on the ATP tour before. American collegiate player Dennis Lajola looked to have been in better form after his win over Yuki Bhambri the day before, but despite taking the first set in a tiebreak, nine points to seven, it was his opponent, Bulgarian Dimitar Kutrovsky, who won the match in a third-set tiebreak. This would turn out to be the the...
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