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Davydenko withdraws from Barcelona

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Monte Carlo - Andy Murray and James Blake secured late places in the Barcelona Open starting on Monday as both struggle to recover from serious clay losses in the French Open run-up.

Officials announced on Friday that British number one Murray, bundled out 6-0, 6-4 in the Monte Carlo third round, would enter the field along with Blake.

The eighth-ranked American lost a sure-thing final last weekend in Houston against Marcel Granollers-Pujol with a third-set collapse. Blake is due to also compete in a pro-am golf event this weekend in Florida.

Blake has never played an ATP event on Spanish clay. He will surely be part of the US team which will travel to Spain September for a Davis Cup semi-final on clay.

Murray, who trained as a junior in the Catalan capital, won a round at the event two years ago before losing to David Ferrer. The pair replace Russian number four Nikolay Davydenko, who withdrew for personal reasons, and beloved Brazilian Gustavo Kuerten.

The three-time French Open winner had been due for a goodbye appearance as a wild card with his retirement looming at age 31 at the French Open after two hip surgeries.

But Kuerten, beaten in this week's Monte Carlo first round, injured himself and will need to rest.

His final appearance on court will come at Roland Garros which begins May 25.

Organisers also gave a wild card to 2004 Paris winner Guillermo Coria, now ranked 105 and struggling with his game.

Rafael Nadal, a three-time champion, heads the field.

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Definitely not a surprise.
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Coria ranked 105?

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I didn't see the Coria stuff.

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He withdrew so he wouldnt have to tank

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So, where are all the haters who thought he was faking it in Estoril?
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So, where are all the haters who thought he was faking it in Estoril?
He was faking it. It's just ridiculous to play 5 tournaments in 5 weeks. Obviously this was the one to withdraw from.
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Good on ya, James.

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Davydenko cannot tank very well these days so it was expected he would withdraw. Good for James to come to Barcelona, it would be interesting if he survives until the semis so he may possibly face Nadal or Ferrer. Interesting but unlikely though.

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Does Kolya still make money for withdrawing?

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Re: Davydenko withdraws from Barcelona

I've never been a fan of people withdrawing from events when they're still playing in one. It's not that classy. At least wait until you get knocked out or win the event.

I also think that Kuerten should take it as a sign that he gets so hurt in a 1-6 2-6 loss that he has to pull out of an event. Just hang up your racquet.


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Enjoy the Camp Nou, La Rambla and Barri Gotic James,

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