Davydenko enters third round of Hamburg Masters

May 14th, 2008 - 12:14 pm ICT by admin  

Hamburg, May 14 (DPA) Russian Nikolay Davydenko defeated Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia for the first time in four years to move into the third round of the Hamburg Masters tennis tournament here. Davydenko, seeded fourth, took one hour 24 minutes to prevail over the Croat 6-4, 6-1 in the second round Tuesday.

The duo now has an equal win-loss record against each other with Davydenko winning the first two matches against Ljubicic in 2003 and 2004, but losing the next three in the past four years. However, after Tuesday’s win the series now stands at 3-3.

“The first match is always difficult,” said Davydenko.

The Russian faced stiff resistance in the first set, which saw five breaks of serve. Davydenko then controlled the proceedings in the second, winning on a forehand Ljubicic hit wide. Davydenko had 13 unforced errors to Ljubicic’s 31.

Davydenko said his confidence was rattled when he lost to Spain’s Tommy Robredo in the third round in Rome Masters last week, but the Miami Masters title last month is still acting as a morale booster for him.

“My tennis is still the same, but I am better mentally,” he said.

Spain’s Fernando Verdasco also reached the third round with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Michael Llodra of France. He next runs into fifth seed compatriot David Ferrer, who routed Czech Ivo Minar 6-3, 6-3.

Also in the third round is Italy’s Andreas Seppi, who added to Richard Gasquet’s misery by beating the eighth-seeded Frenchman 6-3, 6-2. Gasquet is the only player in the top 40 who is yet to make a quarter-final appearance this season.

In the first round matches, 2006 champion Tommy Robredo, seeded 13th, had to rally hard for two hours and 30 minutes to beat Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Carlos Moya of Spain also booked his place in the second round beating French Michael Llodra, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7). But it was disappointment for another Spaniard Alberto Martin who lost 6-3, 6-3 against Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.

Belgium’s Kristof Vliegen forfeited his match against Jose Acasuso with a back problem while Luis Horna of Peru likely damaged his calf muscle against Potito Starace of Italy. Earlier Monday, Filippo Volandri of Italy retired with a knee injury.

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