Top-seeded Youzhny retires at St. Petersburg Open

Updated: 30 October 2009 11:41 IST

Mikhail Youzhny retired with lower back pain while trailing Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-2, 2-1 on Thursday in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open.

St. Petersburg, Russia:

Top-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia retired with lower back pain while trailing Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-2, 2-1 on Thursday in the second round of the St. Petersburg Open.

Trailing 5-2, 30-15 on his serve in the first set, Youzhny double-faulted. He saved one set point but then returned wide to loose the set. He took a medical time out to have his back massaged but trailing 2-1, 15-40 in the second set he decided to retire.

Youzhny said he would decide if he would play at the Valencia Open next week after a medical exam.

In his second quarterfinal this season, Istomin, who has yet to win a title, will either face fourth-seeded Igor Andreev or two-time champion Marat Safin.

Earlier, Ukrainian qualifier Sergiy Stakhovsky beat Russian wild card Andrey Kuznetsov 6-1, 6-4, and Igor Kunitsyn defeated wild card Michail Elgin 6-2, 6-3 in an all-Russian match.

Stakhovsky broke Kuznetsov, the Wimbledon junior champion, three times to reach the quarterfinals of a tournament for the second straight week. He lost to Youzhny at the Kremlin Cup last week.

Stakhovsky will play German veteran Bjorn Phau, while Kunitsyn will face second-seeded Victor Hansecu of Romania

Topics : Tennis Mikhail Youzhny
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