Saturday, March 14, 2009

Davydenko Withdraws From Indian Wells, Youzhny Retires Against Troicki

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Friday was not a happy day for the Russians, who first had to witness Mikhail Youzhny retire from his first round match against Viktor Troicki (Youzhny was down 5-7, 1-2) with a right foot injury, before Indian Well's 5th-seed, Nikolay Davydenko announced his withdrawal from the tournament due to a persistent heel injury.

Lucky loser Olivier Patience will take Davydenko's place in the draw. Actually Patience is more like a very lucky loser since he will go directly into the second round since Davydenko had a first round bye like all the other seeds.

I feel bad for Youzhny, who was slowly coming out of his rough patch that saw him slip out of the world's top 50 (he's currently 59). He reached 2 back-to-back quarterfinals in Rotterdam and Marseille, but then lost in the Dubai first round to Jan Hernych. The Russian did however earn a point for his country in the Davis Cup last weekend and I was hoping he would do well in the desert this week. I hope he recovers in time for Miami.

As for Davydenko, Indian Wells was only gonna be his third tournament of the year, as he missed most of the last two months with injury. The world number 5, will surely be trying his best to recover by Miami next week, where he has a title to defend, or else he won't be able to hold on to that number 5 spot much longer.

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