Category Archives: Nikolay Davydenko

Julien Benneteau Breaks Elbow In Nasty Fall

It happened in the exact same spot that Juan Monaco went down a few days earlier.

Julien Benneteau was pushing Andy Murray, locking heads with the Scot at 5-5 in the first set. He slid into the corner to retrieve a ball when he hit a bad patch in the court and twisted his ankle horribly. As he lost his balance and fell (screaming in pain) he put his right hand out to break the fall. Instead he damaged his wrist and you can almost see his elbow breaking – the mechanics of which will likely leave him with ligament damage. Read more »

No Love Lost Between Federer And Nadal

Much has been made of the comments Nadal made recently saying that Federer should be making more of a push to improve the scheduling on the ATP circuit because the only one who was going to have a decent body at the end of their career was Federer.

Russian Nikolay Davydenko also entered the argument saying,

“I don’t know why Roger is not supporting the players. Because he don’t want … any problems. He’s nice guy. He’s winning Grand Slams. He’s from Switzerland. He’s perfect. Read more »

Djokovic Passes Davydenko But Remains Questionable

I’ve just arrived back in my temporary NYC apartment after all day and night at the US Open. The main question I’ve come back with (apart from why do I have a hand shaped white patch on my very burnt shins) is what is going on with Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic recently complained that he was forced to retire from Cincinnati  with a right shoulder injury that made it difficult for him to hit forehands and serves and his performance tonight makes me wonder if he has fully recovered. Read more »

Tomic Studies And Scalps Davydenko

I don’t know why everyone is so surprised that Bernard Tomic beat Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 6-3 7-5. Tomic gave a slightly under-the-weather Rafael Nadal a firm push at the Australian Open this year so of course he would push a player who has plummeted down to number 27 in the world. Read more »

Rafael Nadal Survives Another Battle

It’s been a tough couple of days for defending champion Rafael Nadal. The King of Clay has felt far from his best on the clay in his last two matches with two hugely different opponents in John Isner and Pablo Andujar. Andujar, a fellow good looking Spaniard, put the world number one to work for three hours just two days after Isner pushed Rafa in four hours to five sets.

Nadal eventually came out on top, winning 7-5, 6-3, 7-6. It was a very difficult match for the man desperately clinging to his number one ranking, being force to fight back from 1-5 in the third set to try and prevent dropping another set on his most beloved of courts. Read more »

Roland Garros Draw Revealed

The Roland Garros draw is being done right now!

Some of the first round matches are:

  • Rafael Nadal V John Isner
  • Roger Federer V Feliciano Lopez
  • Fernando Verdasco V Juan Monaco
  • Novak Djokovic V Thiemo De Bakker Read more »

Barcelona Kicks Off With Help Of Dunlop, Lopez, Robredo, Berdych And Almagro

The Barcelona 500 event has kicked off and Feliciano Lopez, Tomas Berdych and Nicolas Almagro have done a spot of modeling at a shop in the city centre.

Clothes horse Lopez said “fashion is very important, but I usually wear sports clothes.” Read more »

>Roger Federer Claims Doha Title

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Roger Federer has had a great start to the new year, comfortably disposing of Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-4 to claim the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha.

The win has media outlets swirling with talk that Federer may regain number one title, a position that was snatched from him just one week shy of equaling Pete Sampras’ record of 286 weeks. It’s a change of heart from tennis media who were just a few months ago, once again, saying Federer was on his way out. New coach Paul Annacone is credited with turning things around.

In the rankings Rafa Nadal sits 3305 points ahead of Federer (which will change over the coming days) and Rafa only has 360 points to defend in Australia compared to Roger’s 2000. However, come clay court season and beyond Nadal has a huge task at hand if he wants to defend the following titles; Monte Carlo, Rome, Madrid, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open and Toyko all of which equals 9,500 points which doesn’t even include any other smaller tournaments where he may have had good results. After the Australian Open, however, Federer experience a relative slump and so he has the chance to make up a lot of ground – particularly if Nadal doesn’t recover fully from his mystery fever.

Nadal has held the top spot for 32 weeks so far since reclaiming the position.

The signs are good for the Swiss Maestro going into Melbourne. Not only is the man he’s looking to stop ill and being forced to change his preparation but Federer himself is in ominous form. Federer claimed the Doha title without losing a single set and took just 79 minutes to take the trophy.

“We’ll see how it goes. Look, obviously Rafa has a lot to defend, but at the same time, he’s very confident and he’s the one who is World No. 1 and has all the confidence, really.

So it’s going to be very difficult, clearly. But if I keep playing at the level I’m playing and reaching almost all these finals lately, then obviously you feel like you’ll have a chance. But I have to keep it up, and you need to do something special to get to World No. 1. It’s not enough to win a Grand Slam and the World Tour Finals anymore. You almost need to do more than that, and I’m prepared for that, so we’ll see how it goes.” – Roger Federer

Sick Nadal Claims Doubles Title, Delays Flight To Melbourne

Trouble started in the Nadal camp a few days ago when it first appeared Rafael Nadal was suffering from some sort of fever. Why he continued to play singles and doubles when he’s sick is beyond me. Why he’s doing so just before a potentially historic Australian Open is even more confusing. Read more »

>Players Arrive In London For Season Finals

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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Robin Soderling, Tomas Berdych and Andy Roddick have arrived in London, heading to Downing Street for a photo-op and a chance to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The top 8 players from this season will commence play on Sunday between November 21-28 and will be played in round robin format, with the notable absence of Nikolay Davydenko, last years winner.

Group A will be made up by Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Tomas Berdych and Novak Djokovic, with Nadal and Roddick pairing up first.

Group B will see Roger Federer start against David Ferrer and Robin Soderling against Andy Murray.

For Nadal, he is coming into the tournament hoping that a shoulder tendinitis from his new and improved serve has settled. He hopes to claim the title that has thus far eluded him and see where he needs to change ahead of next season.“This tournament, gives me the opportunity to see what I have to do to play better and to start the next year better. I see the way, what I have to do if I want to be more competitive on this kind of surface. I have to play more aggressive. After the serve, when I touch the first forehand, I have to attack more than what I did in these last months… I have to recover my forehand winner and my intensity and my rhythm on the forehand. For the rest, when I’m playing well with the forehand, the backhand is going to improve a lot.

This tournament is more difficult one for me because of the surface and the opponents. It will be a big challenge and it will be very difficult but I will try my best. If it happens the same as last year my season is fantastic so that’s less pressure for me. We will see what happens. I am focused on trying to play well there but this is the most difficult tournament for me to win during the year. But I am here to try.”

Roger Federer, who has shown some recent good form, is hoping for a return to dominance on the tour. “I look back on wasted opportunities, the match points, and at Halle (the pre-Wimbledon grass-court event) where it was 6-4, 4-4 and 0-40 on Lleyton Hewitt’s serve (he lost there as well). If you add all those things together, if I’d won one more round each time it would have looked a different season.

For me this is the worst part. I’ve missed quite a few big opportunities which then make my season look somewhat fragile, which I don’t think it was. I have always tried to play each point as tough as I can and sometimes it happens that way. It’s not the first time I’ve lost after having match point. Sometimes you get unlucky with these kind of runs.”