Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko downed Lukas Dlouhy of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-1 in the St. Petersburg Open first round on Wednesday for his 50th match win of the season.
Davydenko was in seventh place in the race for a berth in the eight-man, season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, and a good effort in the hometown event would help him qualify for the first time.
In a second-round match, fifth-seeded Nicolas Kiefer beat Jurgen Melzer of Austria 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 for the German's fifth successive win over Melzer.
Greg Rusedski, seeded seventh, defeated Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4, 6-4 in his tournament opener, and Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark and Robin Vik of the Czech Republic joined Kiefer in the quarterfinals, AP reports.
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Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign