ATP Malayasian Open: Nikolay Davydenko blames defeat on injury

Last Updated: 24/09/13 11:31am

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Nikolay Davydenko: Was unhappy that ATP rules forced him to play despite carrying a wrist injury

Nikolay Davydenko: Was unhappy that ATP rules forced him to play despite carrying a wrist injury

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Nikolay Davydenko has put his first-round defeat at the Malaysian Open down to a wrist injury.

The world no 45 admitted he had been suffering with the injury for some time and cited ATP rules as the reason he was unable to withdraw from the event.

The Russian and former world no 3 was beaten 6-3 6-4 by Uruguay's world no 457 Pablo Cuevas and is unsure exactly when he will be untroubled by his wrist.

"I'm not feeling good. I have a wrist injury. It will take six, seven or nine weeks to heal. I'm not sure when it will be better," he said.

"I will withdraw from the doubles here. Because of the ATP rules, I couldn't pull out. I will take a rest and see how it goes. I will probably go to Beijing and maybe lose in the first round there as well."

Cuevas, meanwhile, was delighted with the victory, just his second in five tournaments this year on the back of an injury ravaged couple of years.

"I've hardly played the last two years because of my knee injuries. That is why I fell to below 1,000 in the world rankings," he said.

"Even this year I didn't play in many tournaments. I played more doubles matches and reached the French Open doubles semi-finals."

Cuevas will now face Ryan Harrison or last week's St. Petersburg Open semi-finalist Joao Sousa later this week.

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