Davydenko won a difficult victory over Croatia’s Ivan Dodig, seeded No. 32. The first match between Davydenko in Dodig lasted over four hours and ended with a score of 6-7, 6-3, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2. The Russian player has made seven against four breaks for the Croatian. In the second round, Davydenko will face Italy’s Potito Starace.
Igor Kunitsyn has struggled to succeed in their first round. It took 3 hours and 40 minutes to eliminate Germany’s Matthias Bachinger (2-6, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4) in their first confrontation. In the next round, Kunitsyn will be measured by Austrian Jurgen Melzer, seeded No. 17, who defeated the French Eric Prodon (6-2, 7-6 (4), 6-2).
Two other Russians in the race, Mikhail Youzhny and Igor Andreev, stopped in the first round of the U.S..
Youzhny, seeded No. 16, lost to Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis (6-2, 6-4, 6-4) in 2 hours and 20 minutes. This is the first defeat in the first round of the US Open since 2003 to Youzhny.
Andreev (5) conceded a defeat to Spain’s David Ferrer (2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-4). Their duel lasted 2 hours and 25 minutes. Ferrer, who beat Andreev for the fourth consecutive time, leading five wins to four against the Russian player.