Davydenko ousts Wawrinka in Basel

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Basel, Switzerland (Sports Network) - Former top-five star Nikolay Davydenko upset fourth-seeded Swiss favorite Stanislas Wawrinka in a pair of tiebreaks Tuesday at the Swiss Indoors tennis event.

The Russian veteran Davydenko dismissed Wawrinka in 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-3) fashion on the indoor hardcourts at St. Jakobshalle.

Sixth-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny avoided an upset by pasting Aussie Bernard Tomic 6-0, 6-2 on Day 2.

Meanwhile, American comeback kid Brian Baker took out qualifier and Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in come-from-behind fashion, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, and South African slugger Kevin Anderson topped Finn Jarkko Nieminen 7-6 (7-4), 6-3. Nieminen was a Basel runner-up in 2007.

Additional opening-round wins came for Aussie Matthew Ebden and Swiss wild card Marco Chiudinelli.

The 2012 winner of this $1.84 million event will earn $440,000.

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