Davydenko crashes out
Last Updated: 07/02/13 7:39am
Nikolay Davydenko: Suffered early exit at Open Sud de France
Fifth seed Nikolay Davydenko suffered an early exit from the Open Sud de France as Jarkko Nieminen booked his place in the quarter-finals.
The Finn was forced into a tie-break as Davydenko survived match point in the second set but Nieminen held on to earn a 6-3 7-6 (10/8) victory in Montpellier, his first win over the Russian in nearly 10 years.
The 31-year-old will face either Sergiy Stakhovsky or Tatsuma Ito in the last eight after the Japanese recovered from a set down to beat France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-5.
Roger-Vasselin's countryman Julien Benneteau was leading Adrian Ungur 6-3 4-2 when the Romanian retired hurt in the second set due to a leg injury and Arnau Brugues-Davi of Spain needed three sets to see off Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 7-6 (7/3) and set up a second-round meeting with fourth seed Gilles Simon.
The winner of that match will play Benoit Paire in the last eight. The Avignon-born right-hander survived a tough three-set encounter with Belgium's Steve Darcis to win 4-6 7-6 (13/11) 6-4, saving match point in the process.
Elsewhere, Victor Troicki of Russia edged out 18-year-old wildcard Louis Pouille with a 6-4 7-5 win and Michael Llodra will next face second seed Janko Tipsarevic after dispatching fellow Frenchman Kenny De Schepper 6-3 6-3.