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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Davis Cup Champion Will Miss Key Players

Davis Cup champion Russia will be missing at least two key players when it begins the defense of its title against Chile in next month's World Group first round.

Russia captain Shamil Tarpishchev said he would give Nikolai Davydenko and Mikhail Yuzhny a rest for the Feb. 9 to 11 tie on clay in the Chilean city of La Serena.

World No. 3 Davydenko, who has played more matches than anyone on the men's tour for the last two years, has reached the Australian Open quarterfinals where he will take on German 12th seed Tommy Haas.

The 25th-ranked Yuzhny, who suffered a serious ankle injury three months ago, was knocked out by world No. 1 Roger Federer in the third round at Melbourne Park.

"We've planned to use Marat Safin, Dmitry Tursunov, Igor Andreyev and Yevgeny Korolyov for this tie, but two of these guys, Tursunov and Korolyov, suffered injuries," Tarpishchev told the Russian media Monday.

"Now, we have serious problems as far as picking the team."

Former world No. 1 Safin, who clinched Russia its second Davis Cup title in last month's final against Argentina, is expected to lead the team against the South Americans.

"Marat will travel to Chile on Saturday, the day of his 27th birthday," said Safin's web site Maratsafin.com.

"It will be really tough for us against Chile if we don't get both Tursunov and Korolyov back in the squad," Tarpishchev said.

Davydenko, meanwhile, has complained that he gets to play on the big showcourts less than other high-ranking players.

"You get other guys, [Rafael] Nadal, [Roger] Federer, who get promotion," he said Monday. "Me, I don't know. I need [a] good company to make me promotion to put me in the center court. I have no promotion. That's why they put me in Show Court 2."