Former world’s number 3, Russian Nikolay Davydenko had to fight hard for his victory against Indian Sanam Singh (ATP 373) in the first round of the Malaysian Open. In the opening set, both players had too many difficulties to keep their serves. Davydenko lost it twice, however he made less mistakes than his 24-years old opponent and after breaking Singh three times, he closed out the set 7-5. Russian double-faulted 5 times in the second part of the match, but he managed to break twice to wrap up the second set with a 6-4 scoreline.
Sixth seeded Spaniard Pablo Andujar was upset by Uzbek Denis Istomin in straight sets 6-3 6-2. Istomin was able to capture the Spaniard’s serve 4 times, clinching victory in just 73 minutes. Andujar struggled with his serve and had difficulty to deal with Istomin’s great effectiveness, especially when the Uzbek attacked with his forehand groundstrokes. On the other hand, Istomin fired 6 aces to reach the second round of the tournament.
Elsewhere, Colombian Alejandro Falla booked his place in the next round after the American Rajeev Ram withdrew from their encounter when trailing 7-6 (4) 4-2.