Davydenko, Tipsarevic bow out

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MOSCOW -- Three-time champion Nikolay Davydenko and last year's runner-up Janko Tipsarevic were a pair of losers Wednesday at the $1.08 million Kremlin Cup.

The top-seeded Davydenko was stunned by Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (7-5) in a second-round affair, while the eighth-seeded Tipsarevic suffered a first-round defeat at the hands of Argentine Horacio Zeballos, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, on the indoor hardcourts at Olympic Stadium. Tipsarevic lost to Russian star Mikhail Youzhny in last year's Moscow finale.

The world No. 11 Davydenko titled here in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

Two other seeds avoided upsets on Day 3, as No. 4 Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis beat Italian Potito Starace 6-4, 6-3 and No. 5 Czech Radek Stepanek popped 11 aces in drilling Russian Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-2. Stepanek will face Cuevas in Friday's quarterfinals.

On Thursday at Olympic Stadium, a second-seeded Youzhny will meet Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin and third-seeded former Australian Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will encounter Serb Viktor Troicki in the second round.

Russians have won six straight and 11 of the last 13 titles in Moscow.

The 2010 Kremlin Cup champion will earn $181,750.


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