INDIAN WELLS, California, March 14 (Reuters) - Fifth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko pulled out of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Sunday because of a broken left wrist.
Davydenko first suffered the injury last month in Rotterdam but it was misdiagnosed and the fracture was only revealed after an MRI scan on Sunday, an ATP Tour official said.
“He has a fracture in his left wrist andhe will be in a splint for the next four weeks,” the official added.
The 28-year-old Russian had been scheduled to play Serbia’s Viktor Troicki in the third round at Indian Wells on Monday.
Troicki will get a walkover into the fourth round where he will take on either Czech Tomas Berdych or Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
World number six Davydenko had made a bright start to the year, beating Spaniard Rafa Nadal to win his 20th ATP title in Doha in January before losing to eventual champion Roger Federer in the Australian Open quarter-finals.
However he hurt his wrist in a fall during a loss to Sweden’s Robin Soderling in Rotterdam in his next event and had to retire with a wrist injury while trailing German Michael Berrer 6-3 at the Dubai Championships that followed.
“I was thinking maybe I retire before the match,” Davydenko told reporters at the time. “But I warm up and I was feeling okay. My wrist was holding. I have no more pain.
“But in the match it’s different. It started to get swollen and I have more pain. It was too much for me, get too risky now and better to retire.” (Editing by Greg Stutchbury; To query or comment on this story email firstname.lastname@example.org)