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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No. 1 Seed Davydenko Passes Czech Test in Winter Capital

APDavydenko returning to Dlouhy at the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Top-seeded Nikolai Davydenko downed Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-1 in the St. Petersburg Open first round on Wednesday for his 50th match win of the season.

Davydenko was in seventh place in the race for a berth in the eight-man, season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, and a good effort in the hometown event would help him qualify for the first time.

In a second-round match, fifth-seeded Nicolas Kiefer beat Jurgen Melzer of Austria 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 for the German's fifth successive win over Melzer.

Also, Greg Rusedski, seeded seventh, defeated Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4, 6-4 in his tournament opener, and Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark and Robin Vik of the Czech Republic joined Kiefer in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, top-ranked Roger Federer and defending champion Marat Safin have withdrawn from the Paris Masters because of injury.

Federer has a torn ligament in his right ankle, while two-time Grand Slam champion Safin has tendinitis in his left knee.

Andre Agassi, former French Open champion Carlos Moya and French Open winner Rafael Nadal also pulled out of the indoor tournament, which begins Monday at the Bercy arena. Agassi withdrew for personal reasons, while Moya has an injured right shoulder and Nadal has tendinitis, organizers said Wednesday.

Lleyton Hewitt has yet to confirm whether he will play.

The withdrawals mean Filippo Volandri, Gael Monfils, Davide Sanguinetti, Nicolas Massu and Andrei Pavel all go into the main draw.