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Davydenko quits match with shortness of breath

5/20/2004

ST. POELTEN, Austria -- Russia's Nikolay Davydenko quit
after two sets of his quarterfinal because of shortness of breath,
allowing David Sanchez of Spain to advance at the Raiffeisen Grand
Prix.

Davydenko, seeded third, was runner-up at this clay-court
tournament last year. On Thursday, he won the first set 6-3, lost
the second 6-1 and then stopped.

Davydenko had an inflammation in the rib area and could not
breathe properly, tournament spokesman Armin Holenia told The
Associated Press. The Russian felt pain in his chest early and
could barely move and breathe in the second, Holenia said.

Sanchez, seeded sixth, advanced to meet eighth-seeded Filippo
Volandri of Italy. Volandri ousted Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4,
6-3.

In the second semifinal Friday, Austria's Juergen Melzer will
meet Belgium's Xavier Malisse. Melzer downed Olivier Rochus of
Belgium 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

Austrian qualifier Daniel Koellerer lost to Malisse 6-4, 3-6,
6-1 in a tempestuous match. Koellerer was warned three times and
had a game deducted for throwing his racket and abusing the
referee. Koellerer left the court in tears.