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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.

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