Davydenko, Youzhny Lose in Russia Tennis
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) _ Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko and No. 4 Mikhail Youzhny, the last two Russians in the St. Petersburg Open, were ousted Friday from the quarterfinals.
Nicolas Kiefer of Germany topped Davydenko 6-1, 6-1, and Robin Vik of the Czech Republic rallied to beat Youzhny 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Vik and Kiefer will play each other in Saturday’s semifinals.
Second-seeded Thomas Johansson beat seventh-seeded Greg Rusedski of Britain 6-2, 7-6. The Swede’s eight aces and Rusedski’s four double-faults were critical in the second set.
Fernando Verdasco of Spain downed Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark 6-4, 6-2 in the other quarterfinal, and will play Johansson.
Youzhny was troubled by the back pain that had forced his withdrawal in the first round at Madrid last week.
``In the first set, when I did not feel pain, the result was like it should be,″ Youzhny said. ``In the second set, I felt pain when I was serving at 1-0 and my play changed.″
Davydenko, who had hand and shoulder fatigue in the earlier rounds, could win only four points on Kiefer’s serve in the first set.
``He did not give me a chance to show my game,″ Davydenko said.