Murray, Davydenko among winners at Qatar

Updated: January 2, 2008, 3:22 PM ET
Associated Press

DOHA, Qatar -- Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 6-3 Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open.

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The fourth-ranked Russian broke his French opponent once in the first set and twice in the second. He next faces eighth-seeded Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

"I am pleased with the way I played, it is always nice to win,'' Davydenko said. "I was confident playing from the baseline, I could control the game.''

Andy Murray, Thomas Johansson, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Agustin Calleri and Stanislas Wawrinka also won second-round matches Wednesday.

Murray, the third-seeded Briton, beat Rainer Schuettler of Germany 1-6, 6-0, 6-1 and next plays former Australian Open winner Johansson of Sweden, who defeated Germany's Michael Berrer 6-3, 7-5.

"I made too many mistakes in the first set,'' said Murray, a finalist here last year. "The most important thing was to hang in there ... I changed my style of play in the second and third sets. I was coming to the net more and using the slice shots.''

Tursunov and defending champion Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia moved into the quarterfinals without hitting a ball.

Ljubicic's opponent, Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia, pulled out with a fever and Germany's Nicolas Kiefer was unable to play Tursunov because of a right shoulder injury.

Kohlschreiber, the sixth-seeded German, topped Filippo Volandri of Italy 6-4, 6-1. Kohlschreiber next plays Ljubicic.

Calleri, of Argentina, beat Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea Lee 6-3, 6-1, and Wawrinka, of Switzerland, defeated Christophe Rochus of Belgium 6-2, 7-5.


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