Agassi, Nadal withdraw from Shanghai Masters
Updated: 2005-11-15 01:40
SHANGHAI, China - Andre Agassi lost to Nikolay Davydenko, then pulled out of
the Tennis Masters Cup less than an hour after second-ranked Rafael Nadal
withdrew with an injured left foot.Nadal withdrew Monday while
Agassi was on court, losing 6-4, 6-2. The 19-year-old Spaniard had been due to
face Gaston Gaudio in his opening round robin-match in the Gold Group.
Mariano Puerta became the fourth Argentine player in the draw when he was
drafted to play compatriot Gaudio in Monday's later match at Qi Zhong Stadium.
Fernando Gonzalez of Chile will take Agassi's place in two remaining
round-robin matches in the depleted Gold Group.
Top-ranked Roger Federer, also on the comeback from injury, leads the Red
Group. He overcame Argentine David Nalbandian in his opening match Sunday.
Argentine Guillermo Coria and Ivan Ljubicic are in Federer's group.
Agassi lasted 1 hour, 14 minutes against Davydenko, then said he couldn't
play the rest of his round-robin matches because he aggravated an injury in his
"No chance for me to play again ¡ª it's very dangerous and risky for my
future," Agassi said. "This is an unfortunate setback."