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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Injuries Hurt Russia's Davis Cup Plans

APTursunov playing a backhand against Belarus' Mirnyi during their first round match at the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday. Mirnyi triumphed 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
ST. PETERSBURG -- Russia has suffered a huge setback to its Davis Cup hopes after Nikolai Davydenko and Mikhail Youzhny retired with injuries at the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday.

Top seed Davydenko quit his second-round match against South Africa's Wesley Moodie with a foot injury while leading 6-2, 3-3.

Just 30 minutes earlier, eighth-seeded Youzhny pulled out of the $1 million tournament after spraining his right ankle in a doubles match. Swede Thomas Johansson received a walkover into the singles quarterfinals as a result.

Russia hosts Argentina in the Davis Cup final Dec. 1-3 in Moscow.

"I hurt my right foot in the seventh game of the first set when I ran for a short ball," Davydenko told a news conference.

"I just felt a huge pain in my foot. I don't think it was my ankle; it was more like my heel.

"I called a trainer after the next changeover to tape my foot.

"I won the first set, but in the second I felt more pain and had trouble moving around the court.

"I probably could have continued but I wasn't sure how I would feel tomorrow, and I just didn't want to take any chances with a Masters tournament in Paris coming up next week and the [season-ending] Masters Cup in Shanghai to follow."

Youzhny's injury appears to be more serious.

The world No. 23 was taken to a local hospital for x-rays.

"Medical tests will show if Youzhny would be able to participate in any future tournaments for the rest of the year," officials said in a statement.

Sixth seed Dmitry Tursunov was shown the exit after losing to Belarus' Max Mirnyi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round.

Mirnyi broke Tursonov in the seventh game of the final set when the world No. 22 double-faulted on break point.

The lanky Belarussian's booming serve held up under pressure as he comfortably served out to take the match in just under two hours.