Kamran Jebreili/Associated Press
|Tomas Berdych (3)
|Jo Wilfried-Tsonga (5)
Dmitry Tursunov (8)
|Mikhail Youzhny (6)
|Roger Federer (4)
||6-2, 6-7(4), 6-3
Novak Djokovic (1)
||Roberto Bautista Agut
Mahesh Bhupathi/Denis Istomin
||Oliver Marach/Florin Mergea
||4-6, 6-3, 16-14
Tomasz Bednarek/Lukas Dlouhy
||Lukas Rosol/Andreas Seppi
Day 3 Recap
The surprises continued on Day 3 in Dubai with yet another player being forced to withdraw due to injury.
No, Nikolay Davydenko isn't the same caliber of player as Juan Martin del Potro, but his departure from the tournament still sent shockwaves through the tennis world. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won after a walkover by Davydenko in Dubai to advance to the quarterfinals.
BA Tennis World highlighted the result on Twitter:
The withdrawal for Davydenko ends the tournament for the Russian, who reached a career-high of No. 3 in the world in 2006 and wasn't ranked in Dubai.
Tumaini Carayol of Tennis View Magazine commented on the unfortunate fall of Davydenko:
While Davydenko has yet another unfortunate finish to a tournament on his resume, Tsonga moving through to the next round marks yet another favorite continuing on.
And as the account Tennis Tipster notes, the break is much needed for Tsonga:
As for Tsonga's next opponent, Tomas Berdych put together one of the most dominant performances of the day over Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Berdych's win never looked in doubt as he powered through Stakhovsky and into the next round. Tennis TV provides an infographic of Berdych's masterful performance:
Just below the official score, which is already telling of how overpowering Berdych was, the time of the match is listed. And yes, it does read 57 minutes.
While Tsonga comes in with plenty of rest, Berdych didn't exactly have to work hard during his match leading up to a battle with the No. 10 player in the world.
In the later singles matches of the day, Lukas Rosol pulled off a mild upset over No. 8 Dmitry Tursunov to advance. Both No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Roger Federer also remained in top form with huge wins.
While Djokovic rolled in his match, Federer had to go to a third set and overcome a 2-0 deficit in the final set, as Tennis.com's official Twitter account points out:
As for the doubles bracket, the day for Rosol didn't turn out quite as well. After knocking off Tursunov, he was paired up with Andreas Seppi, who lost his second match of the day to Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Denis Istomin downed Oliver Marach and Florin Mergea in one of the most exciting matches of the day. After dropping the first set, Bhupathi and Istomin fought back to get to three sets where they pulled out a 16-14 win to advance.
The action continues on Day 4 as tennis' top stars will once again look to wow the fans in Dubai on Thursday. After several rounds of thrilling and sometimes shocking action thus far, Day 4 guarantees to be another sensational one.