Fifth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko has learned that his painful left wrist is broken, sidelining him for four weeks, ATP tour officials said.
Davydenko withdrew from the Indian Wells Masters 1000, where he had already played and won one match – beating young Latvian Ernests Gulbis in his second-round opener on Saturday (local time).
But an MRI exam on Sunday morning showed the wrist injury that had kept him out of Russia’s Davis Cup clash with India earlier this month was, in fact, a fracture.
Davydenko was originally injured in his semi-final loss in Rotterdam in February.
It was not diagnosed as a broken bone, and he played one match the Dubai Open before retiring after one set from his match against Michael Berrer.
The injury was a particular issue for the righthander on his two-handed backhand. He had also said in Dubai that the more he played the more swollen and painful his wrist became.
An ATP spokesman said Davydenko would be out of action and have a splint on the wrist, for four weeks.