The Dubai tennis stop is truly snakebit. Roger Federer, Juan Martin Del Potro, Andy Roddick and now Nikolay Davydenko have all pulled up lame with injury. Davydenko being the latest and the answer to the question, “Who’s next to fall in Dubai?”
The hot-handed Davydenko retired because of a bad wrist earlier today after dropping the first set to Michael Berrer 6-3. He hopes to be ready for Russia-India Davis Cup tie in 10 days.
“It’s disappointing for me because I didn’t recovery fast enough,” said Davydenko. “I don’t know if I’ll go to Moscow for Davis Cup.”
The only two seemingly “healthy” guys in the Top 6 are both on court in Dubai today. World No. 2 Novak Djokovic struggled in three sets to beat his Serb countryman Victor Troicki 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. He’ll now await the JW Tsonga v. Ivan Ljubicic winner in the quarterfinals.
Andy Murray is on tonight against Janko Tipsarevic. Marin Cilic, a possible semifinal foe for Murray, was also a winner as was Marcos Bagdhatis who now plays Berrer.
In Acapulco, credit to the American boys Sam Querrey and John Isner. Just a few days removed from playing the indoors hardcourt final in Memphis, they flew to Acapulco to get in some needed clay preparation ahead of their upcoming Davis Cup tie with Serbia. The boys, however, both went down last night. Querrey lost a heartbreaker to Fernando Gonzalez in a third-set tiebreaker while Isner was straight-setted by Simon Greul.
Despite the losses you have to admire the fact they gave it a go on the clay in a Spain-heavy Acapulco event. Spaniards Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and two-time champ Nicolas Almagro, who plays Richard Gasquet, all won their first round matches Tuesday.
In Delray Beach, Florida, James Blake led Taylor Dent 5-3 in the third set before rain halted play. Ivo Karlovic, Ernests Gulbis, Jeremy Chardy and defending champion Mardy Fish were among the first round winners yesterday.
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