Nadal, Davydenko take matches at Dubai

Feb. 27, 2007 at 3:13 PM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal and Nikolay Davydenko each need three sets Tuesday to get out of the first round of the $1.5 million Dubai Tennis Championships.

Nadal, the defending champion and No. 2 seed this week, came back for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Marcos Baghdatis while Davydenko needed a total of 37 games and one tiebreaker over nearly three hours to get past Younes El Aynaoui 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 7-5.

Seventh-seeded Novak Djokovic also was pushed to a third set before Kristof Vliegen 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 but No. 8 David Ferrer was upset by Robin Soderling 7-6 (15-13), 6-1.

Also in Tuesday's first-round play, Daniele Bracciali defeated Oliver Marach 6-4, 6-3; Rainer Schuettler topped Andreas Seppi 6-0, 7-6 (7-5); Gilles Simon beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4; and Mikhail Youzhny was a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 winner over Jarkko Nieminen.

The tournament continues through the week. The champion of the Dubai Open will win $300,000.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback