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Injured Davydenko forced to quit Dubai Championships

Nikolay Davydenko
Davydenko suffered the injury when he fell in training

Nikolay Davydenko could miss Russia's Davis Cup tie with India after being forced to pull out of the Dubai Championships with a wrist injury.

The Russian struggled through Tuesday's first-round match before pulling out of his second-round match with Michael Berrer after losing the first set 6-3.

"I thought about quitting before the match, but in practice I was OK. A match is different though," he said.

"It was too much for me, it gets too risky now, and it's better to retire."

Second seed Novak Djokovic survived a minor scare before seeing off fellow Serb Viktor Troicki 3-6 6-4 6-2, but it was the exit of ATP World Tour champion Davydenko that really grabbed the headlines.
"I wasn't happy with the performance overall. But I won, that's what matters," said Djokovic.

"He was a better player for a set and a half. I think this is one of the rare tournaments that you really feel a big, big difference between the day match and night match.


"The balls go really much faster, and as soon as the shade came on the court, I felt more control over my game."

Davydenko had complained of discomfort after his three-set win over Florent Serra on Tuesday, but was clearly in more pain against Berrer.

He frequently over-hit the ball, suffered an early break of serve to go 3-1 down and was unable to break back against the powerful left-hander.

When Davydenko netted a high backhand volley, it was clear he was struggling and was not fit to carry on.

"I thought I could win anyway," said world number 56 Berrer.

"At the moment I am self-confident. My way of playing hurts a lot of guys."

In the last eight, the German will play former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, after he beat Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman 6-3 3-6 6-1.

Sixth seed Marian Cilic came back from 6-3 down in a second-set tie-breaker to defeat Austrian qualifier Stefan Koubek 6-2 7-6.

But there was more success for another Austrian, Juergen Melzer, who beat Spain Tommy Robredo 6-3 7-5.

Seventh seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia defeated Germany's Bjoern Phau 7-2 6-4, and Ivan Ljubicic beat fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 6-3.

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