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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Safin Beats Baghdatis but Davydenko Is Edged Out

APSafin lunging for a backhand during his match on Wednesday in Madrid.
MADRID -- It was a mixed day for Russian tennis at the second round of the Madrid Masters on Wednesday. 2004 champion Marat Safin ousted ninth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis 6-4, 6-3, but his Kremlin Cup final conqueror, Nikolai Davydenko, fell to Sweden's Joachim Johansson 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3.

Safin was always in control against the dangerous Cypriot, and the victory is a measure of his return to form. He will now play Kristof Vliegen of Belgium in the third round.

Johansson's huge serve was in excellent working order as he sent down 23 aces to edge out Davydenko and earn a third round match against the Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, who beat Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 7-5, 6-7 (5) 6-4.

Davydenko was not the only big name to fall on Wednesday.

Andy Murray upset world No. 3 and third seed Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Murray, ranked 19th in the world, put Ljubicic, a finalist here last year, under pressure from the start and won the first set with a single break of serve.

Ljubicic, who had won nine of his previous 10 matches, used his formidable serve to take the second set but Murray got the decisive break in a finely balanced third.

Murray, 19, who had lost in the first round of his two previous tournaments, held firm on his serve and took the match with an ace. The young Scot is improving steadily under the guidance of his coach, Brad Gilbert, who has previously managed Andy Roddick.

"Today's win gives me confidence that I can go on to secure my place among the top players," said Murray.

James Blake of the United States was the third big name of the day to crash out, losing 6-4 3-6 7-6 to Kristof Vliegen. The Belgian won a third-set tie break to defeat the U.S. eighth-seed.

World No. 2 and second seed Rafael Nadal opened the defense of his Madrid Masters title with a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win over U.S. qualifier Mardy Fish.

Nadal was sharper and quicker throughout and did not drop a serve as he set up a third-round tie with 13th seed Tommy Haas of Germany.

(Reuters, AP, MT)