10/25/12 4:50 PM | Ricky Dimon
Nikolay Davydenko takes out Stanislas Wawrinka in two tiebreak sets on Tuesday in Basel. Davydenko awaits a possible second-round encounter with Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Three Swiss players remain at the Swiss Indoors Basel, but Stanislas Wawrinka isn't one of them. Wawrinka went down in the first round to Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(7), 7-6(3) on Tuesday evening.
A back-and-forth opener saw Davydenko seize a quick break only two give two break as Wawrinka stormed into the lead. The 42nd-ranked Russian recovered for another break of his own and managed to force a tiebreaker. Davydenko squandered two set points, including one on his own serve, but he converted his third chance at 8-7 with a winning forehand down the line.
Wawrinka had opportunities to force a third set, never facing a break point in the second while earning five chances on the Davydenko serve. However, the fourth-seeded Swiss could not finish the job when it mattered most and his opponent played his way into another decider. Wawrinka got a mini-break right away for 1-0, but it was all Davydenko from there. The 31-year-old took seven of the last nine points and capitalized on his first match point at 6-3 with a perfect passing shot.
Davydenko recorded no aces and four double-faults, but he was strong enough from the baseline to produce the upset victory. He awaits either Paul-Henri Mathieu or Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen in the second round.
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