Nikolay Davydenko beat lucky loser Sanam Singh of India 7-5, 6-4 Wednesday in the first round of the Malaysian Open.
Singh was playing only his third match in an ATP main draw, while Davydenko won the first Malaysian title in 2009 and has been ranked as high as No. 3. He blamed ”mistakes in control” for struggling through the first set. The unseeded Davydenko lost his serve three times.
Fellow Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. defied a dozen aces and missing nine break points to beat British qualifier Dominic Inglot 7-5, 6-3 and set up a second-round match with top-seeded David Ferrer.
Colombian Alejandro Falla moved on after American Rajeev Ram pulled out with a hamstring injury while trailing 7-6 (4), 4-2, and Denis Istomin of Uzkebistan beat sixth-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-3, 6-2.
American qualifier Michael Yani lost 6-3, 7-5 to Vasek Pospisil of Canada.