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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Davydenko No. 1 Seed

ST. PETERSBURG -- French Open semifinalist Nikolai Davydenko will be hoping for a home crowd boost at this week's St. Petersburg Open after a disappointing third-round finish at the Madrid Masters on Thursday.

The Russian No. 1 seed is scheduled to face unseeded Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic in the first round of the weeklong ATP tournament at the city's Sportivno-Konsertny Kompleks.

Sixth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland was to play Robin Vik of the Czech Republic and Swedish qualifier Jonas Bjorkman, a former world No. 4, was up against France's Florent Serra in opening play Monday.

Russia's defending champion, Mikhail Youzhny, seeded fourth, is also competing in a field that includes world No. 17 Thomas Johannsson of Sweden, world No. 25 Nicolas Kiefer of Germany, world No. 32 Max Mirnyi of Belarus, and world No. 38 Greg Rusedski of Great Britain.

Former U.S. Open and Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis was given a wild card into the main draw.

A runner-up in 2002, Youzhny became the third Russian to win the St. Petersburg Open in its 10-year history, after Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 1995 and Marat Safin, who scored back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001.

Australian Open champion Safin pulled out of this year's tournament on Oct. 15, saying he wanted to fully recover from a knee injury ahead of the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai next month. The news came too late for tournament organizers who have used Safin's image in a publicity blitz around St. Petersburg.

But the injury-prone star said on his web site Thursday that he nevertheless hoped to come to St. Petersburg this week "for an autograph session ... for the local fans."

In the ATP world rankings released Monday, Safin slipped to fifth, sandwiched between Australian Lleyton Hewitt in fourth and Andre Agassi in sixth.

Davydenko also fell one place, to eighth, behind Argentina's Guillermo Coria.

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick remain as they were at one, two and three, respectively.