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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Davydenko Knocked Out of Kremlin Cup in Upset

ReutersFirst seed Nikolai Davydenko playing Italian Daniele Bracciali on Wednesday.
Unheralded Daniele Bracciali staged a major upset Wednesday in the Kremlin Cup, coming back to knock out top-seeded defending champion Nikolai Davydenko, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round.

Earlier, France's Cyril Saulnier rallied to beat second-seeded Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Davydenko, ranked seventh in the world, won the first set, but Bracciali leveled. Serving for the match in the 10th game of the third set, the Italian, ranked 117th, double faulted twice before earning a match point with a drop shot. He converted with a passing backhand.

Also Wednesday, two-time defending champion Anastasia Myskina and former winner Mary Pierce of France staged comebacks.

Myskina, seeded sixth, ousted three-time champion Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 and will face Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic in the second round on Thursday.

Third-seeded Pierce, the 1998 champion, beat Italy's Flavia Pennetta 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

In her first match since France's loss to Russia in the Fed Cup final last month, Pierce broke back twice in the first set before Pennetta made a decisive break in the ninth game and served out the set. Pierce won three consecutive games in the second set to go 5-1 up and broke the Italian to love in the eighth game to even the match.

Myskina, who won her 10th career title in Calcutta, India, two weeks ago, dropped the first set but saved two break points in the 10th game of the second. She won five consecutive games in the third set to go 5-2 up and sealed the match on serve with a smash.

Yelena Likhovtseva also won on Wednesday, rallying to upset fifth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland 1-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Third-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia downed Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-3, while Britain's Greg Rusedski, seeded fifth, ousted Michael Llodra of France 6-3, 6-1.