Davydenko ousted in Malaysia

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, Last Updated: 11:39 AM ET

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Second-seeded and defending champion Nikolay Davydenko was upset by fellow Russian Igor Andreev in second-round action Wednesday at the Malaysian Open tennis event.

The qualifier Andreev ousted the world No. 6 Davydenko in 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3 fashion on the indoor hardcourts at Putra Stadium. Andreev beat Davydenko for the first time in seven years and pulled off the upset in 2 hours, 47 minutes.

Davydenko, who's been slowed by a wrist injury for a good part of this 2010 season, bested Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in last year's Kuala Lumpur finale.

Three other stars avoided upsets on Day 3, as fourth-seeded U.S. Open semifinalist Mikhail Youzhny held off Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 5-7, 7-5 in the second round, sixth-seeded former Aussie Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis popped 10 aces en route to topping Colombian Santiago Giraldo 7-5, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals, and fifth-seeded David Ferrer was an opening- round victor with a 6-3, 6-4 handling of Aussie Bernard Tomic.

Youzhny and Baghdatis will square off in Friday's quarterfinals.

Another second-round upset came when Canadian qualifier Milos Raonic outlasted seventh-seeded Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (11-9), 6-3 in just under 2 1/2 hours. Raonic will meet Andreev in the round of eight.

Additional opening-round wins came for France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin. Roger-Vasselin will face top-seeded French Open runner-up Robin Soderling in the second round here on Thursday, while Istomin will encounter third-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych.

The winner of this $947,750 event will collect $165,500.


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