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Davydenko rolls back the years in Doha

ESPN staff
January 2, 2013
Gael Monfils got an encouraging win under his belt © PA Photos

Former Qatar Open champion Nikolay Davydenko caused something of an upset on Wednesday, as he defeated fourth seed Mikhail Youzhny in the second round.

In exactly 100 minutes on court in Doha, Davydenko took two of the six break opportunities presented to him - one in either set - to grind out a 7-5 6-3 victory and move into the next round of a tournament he won in 2010.

"In the first set was I feeling a little bit lazy because it was still day and sunny and warmer. Then it started to get cooler," Davydenko said afterwards. "I felt like I started to have more power and have better concentration. My movement started to be better."

Youzhny was not the only high profile seed to fall, however, as third seed Philipp Kohlschreiber was defeated by last year's finalist Gael Monfils.

Monfils stumbled in the second set to give Kohlschreiber hope of a comeback victory, but got his act together in time to claim a 6-4 2-6 6-4 success in marginally over two hours.

"In the start, he was very aggressive. And honestly, I was a bit scared because I saw the ball going very fast, and I was expecting long rallies," said Monfils. "I had to adapt, change my tactic. And that's why I think I became more aggressive.

"I tried to play a bit more loopy in the end to give me time and make him play up there, because he had very, very clean winners when I was playing under his belt."

Second seed Richard Gasquet is still in the tournament, however, after he beat Slovenia's Grega Zemlja after a third set tiebreak, 6-7(7) 6-4 7-6(3). He will now face Lukas Lacko, after he defeated Viktor Troicki 6-3 7-5.

There was a comfortable win for the field's biggest star, however, as David Ferrer crushed Tobias Kamke 6-3- 6-2 in barely 80 minutes to cruise into the next round.

Elsewhere, there were wins for Paolo Lorenzi and Simone Bolelli - as they defeated Lukas Rosol and Lukasz Kubot respectively.

Meanwhile at the Chennai Open, world No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic kicked off his 2013 ATP Tour season with a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

He will now face Go Soeda in the quarter-finals, after the Japanese defeated Prakash Amritraj - Jamie Ward's vanquisher - 7-6(2) 3-6 6-4.

There were also wins for Stanislas Wawrinka and Aljaz Bedene - who ousted Robin Haase 7-5 6-3.

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