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Davydenko, Baker Pull Cincinnati Upsets

Cincinnati, U.S.A.

Davydenko© Getty ImagesNikolay Davydenko raced through his Cincinnati opener in 52 minutes.

Nikolay Davydenko upset No. 13 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-1 to win his opener at the Western & Southern Open on Monday in Cincinnati.

Davydenko capitalised on five of his 10 break points, winning 57 per cent of his return points to cruise past the recent Citi Open champion in just 52 minutes. He improved to 2-0 against the Ukrainian.

The 31-year-old Russian had lost six of his past eight matches entering the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. Davydenko’s best results this season are semi-final showings in Rotterdam (l. to Federer) and Nice (l. to Baker). The former World No. 3 will play the winner of Florian Mayer and qualifier Fabio Fognini next.

Wild card Brian Baker also knocked off a seeded opponent, edging 15th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(7), 7-6(3). A forehand lob winner in the second set tie-break gave Baker the mini break and he maintained his lead to avenge his Wimbledon fourth-round defeat to the German.

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Baker won his first tour-level hard court match since stunning ninth-ranked Gaston Gaudio in the first round of the 2005 US Open. The 27-year-old American will square off against Bernard Tomic in the second round.

"I just never felt like I got my hard court game in check," said Baker of his slow start to the summer hard-court swing. "Not that I was playing terrible, just never came through in the big times when I needed to. I think I lost three of four three-setters the last couple weeks where I won the first set. Today was huge to be able to close out the match in the second set."

Twelfth seed Marin Cilic topped qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in one hour and 57 minutes. Cilic also won the pair’s first meeting in three sets at the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters in Paris.

The Croat will face qualifier Jesse Levine for a place in the third round. Levine won an all-American contest against Donald Young, 6-4, 7-6(2).

Andreas Seppi beat Robin Haase 6-4, 6-4 to set a second-round clash with second seed Novak Djokovic, who is coming off a successful title defence at the Rogers Cup. Seppi converted all three of his break point chances to defeat Haase in 78 minutes.

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka will confront fourth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer after defeating French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 in one hour and 44 minutes.

In the final match Monday, former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt saved seven of eight break points faced on serve to record a 6-4, 6-4 win over Russian Mikhail Youzhny. Hewitt, a finalist last month in Newport, will next play Serbian Viktor Troicki, a 6-4, 7-5 winner over Croatian Ivan Dodig.

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