Saketh Myneni would need a herculean effort to make a winning start to the new season after being drawn against Mikhail Youzhny in Chennai Open Round 1
Novak Djokovic's third round opponent Mikhail Youzhny retired in the first set while Rafael Nadal romped in to the last 16 with a straight sets win over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov
World No.1 Novak Djokovic will take on Mikhail Youzhny while Spain's Rafael Nadal will be up against Andrey Kuznetsov in the US Open
Roger Federer's lively 6-3, 6-1 win over Mikhail Youzhny, a regular sparring partner, in the first round of the Dubai Open helped him begin to rebuild after a dispiriting third round loss in Melbourne.
Nick Kyrgios, the man who famously sent Rafael Nadal crashing out of Wimbledon this year, picked up three code violations in his gruelling 7-5, 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 7-6 (7/1) over the 21st seed Youzhny, a semi-finalist in 2006 and 2010.
High seeds and big names fended off calamity in a stream of matches that turned out more adventurous than expected.
Title favourite and world number eight Stanislas Wawrinka needed just 54 minutes to brush aside the challenge of 79th Benjamin Becker rival in the rain-hit second round match.
On former ace Stephan Edberg coaching players, Youzhny, a great fan of Edberg, recalled his stint as one of the ball boys during a Davis Cup final.
Mikhail Youzhny will begin his 2014 campaign at the Chennai Open, which he last won in 2008 by defeating Rafael Nadal.
Ferrer was aiming for his fourth title in his home region, but was far from his stubborn best as Youzhny's power and depth of ground strokes proved too much for the number one seed.
Top seed Novak Djokovic defeated Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 to reach a seventh successive US Open semi-final on Thursday.
Former world number one Hewitt, who was the champion in New York in 2001 defeating Pete Sampras in the final, went down 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-5 to Russian 21st seed Mikhail Youzhny in the fourth round.
Youzhny, ranked 33rd and winner of eight ATP titles, defeated
Monaco will face Mikhail Youzhny on Friday, in the same half of the draw as Roger Federer. The top-seeded Swiss begins in the clay-court event on Thursday against Daniel Brands of Germany.
Losing to Roger Federer in last year's Wimbledon final provoked a tearful response from Murray. But, after winning the US Open and an Olympic gold at Wimbledon last year, Murray has appeared increasingly in command of his emotions both on and off court and he is in no doubt the pressure won't affect him.
The No. 2-seeded Murray is trying to become the first British man since Fred Perry in 1936 to win the title at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament.
Andy Murray breezed past Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo, the 32nd seed, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5. Sergiy Stakhovsky, the world number 116, who sent seven-time champion Federer crashing out in the second round, went down 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 to experienced Austrian Jurgen Melzer.
Roger Federer won his first title of the year on Sunday, the world number three beating Russia's Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 6-4 in the ATP final at Halle.