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Davydenko Defeats Nadal To Reach Final
07 Jan 2011
After Federer already booked himself a place in the final, it was between the world number one, Rafael Nadal (ESP), and defending champion, Nikolay Davydenko (RUS), to be his opponent. This was Rafa’s chance to get his revenge after losing last year’s final against the Russian 0-6 7-6(8) 6-4.

After being able to break in Davydenko’s opening service game on love, the Spaniard lost his own serve in the following game. In another close game in the eighth, Davyedenko was able to make the crucial break to take a 5-3 lead. He was able to serve it out 6-3.

The defending champion, who stayed under the raidor, continued his good form in the second set. He was able to return anything and everything the Spaniard threw at him. Nadal on the other was clearly lacking energy after recovering from a fever that hit him at the start of the week as well as playing the doubles. The matador was unable to win any of the first five games, allowing the Russian to serve out for the match. Nadal was able to take two games thanks to the tremendous support by the many fans, before facing two match points. Davydenko won the match 6-3 6-2.

Davydenko said “I feel good, but I surprising because I'm in final. Maybe I'm surprising myself, because it's pretty tough, you know, here and just Federer, Nadal, Tsonga.  I'm not really top 10, and, you know, for me it's tough tournament. Beat today Nadal, No. 1.  I know he's last year have good form.  I don't know, today he feel different.  For sure he was not best form.  Normally he's much tougher and plays ‑‑ he's stronger. I don't mean tennis; I mean physically.  He was completely tired running, fighting for points.”

Nadal said “:  I feel okay, no?  The problem is I'm not ready to play at that rhythm like the rhythm of Nikolay.  Even in doubles, when I play a little bit longer points, I feel the strain, no? Yep, I need a little bit rest and recover perfect now, because I was perfect, healthy physically, very healthy in Abu Dhabi last week.  So, yeah, this week I had this problem, and every day I had troubles.  Every day was difficult moments on court. Finally I lost against a better player than me today, so that's all.  Keep practicing, get healthy, and try my best in next tournament.  Nothing to say today about the match, because he played much better than me, so I wasn't ready to play at that high rhythm today.”

Davydenko will meet Federer in the final on Saturday

“Yeah, would be nice winning seven (Davydenko has won the last six finals he has been in).  You know, it's not so bad.  But I don't play, you know, against, you know, top 50 guys.  I play against, you know, good player, Federer.  It's different. I never play final, I think, against Federer.  Always play semis or quarters, but the final I play always against Nadal.  That's was for me much easier to win.  I don't know why.  Now it's different situation.  That's was I think it would be much tougher.”

The two last played in the Australian Open last year, which Federer won.

The final will start at 6p.m.