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May 6, 2009

Davydenko, Blake advance at Estoril tennis

Former champion Nikolay Davydenko of Russia and American James Blake led Wednesday's winners at the Estoril Open tennis tournament at Estoril, Portugal.

Davydenko, the men's second-seed, beat fellow former Estoril champ Juan Carlos Ferrero, a former world No. 1 and former French Open champion 7-5, 6-2; while Blake, the fourth-seed, downed local favorite Frederico Gil 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, his first clay-court win this season.

Elsewhere, sixth-seeded Mardy Fish of the United States beat Spain's Ivan Navarro, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4; Paul Capdeville of Chile downed Argentine Maximo Gonzalez, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3; Spaniard Oscar Hernandez beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, the third seed, 6-2, 6-4; while Italian Fabio Fognini downed former French Open champ Gaston Gaudio of Argentina, 6-3, 6-4.

Thursday, Blake faces France's Marc Gicquel; Capdeville meets Hernandez; and on Friday, Davydenko plays Fish.

The 2009 Estoril champion will collect a $96,000 winner's check.