• Davydenko hits rock bottom in Moscow loss to Cuevas

    10/20/10 8:01 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Davydenko hits rock bottom in Moscow loss to Cuevas Nikolay Davydenko's slump is reaching epic proportions with a stunning straight-set loss to Pablo Cuevas on Wednesday in Moscow. Marcos Baghdatis joins Cuevas in the quarterfinals.

    Pablo Cuevas d. (1) Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(6), 7-6(5)

    The Kremlin Cup's No. 1 seed is out after just one match as a slumping Davydenko fell to Cuevas in one hour and 48 minutes on Wednesday evening. A pair of breaks in each set resulted in two tiebreakers, and Cuevas proved to be the better player at the clutch moments in both sets. Davydenko even served for the second at 5-4 only to collapse. The Russian is already out of the Top 10 and has lost three consecutive matches. He is also a mere 3-5 dating back to the U.S. Open. Cuevas, meanwhile, struck five aces and won 80 percent of his first-serve points to set up a quarterfinal clash against Radek Stepanek.

    (4) Marcos Baghdatis d. Potito Starace 6-4, 6-3

    Baghdatis never dropped serve and faced only one break point as rolled into the quarterfinals after just one hour and two minutes of play on Wednesday. The 19th-ranked Cypriot dropped only five points in his first five service games as he closed out the opening frame of play at 5-4. Set two was only slightly more difficult for Baghdatis, who wrapped up his effort with 11 aces despite serving at a mere 47 percent. The No. 4 seed awaits either Sergiy Stakhovsky or Alexandr Dolgopolov in the quarterfinals.

    Horacio Zeballos d. (8) Janko Tipsarevic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

    Last year's runner-up is out as Tipsarevic went down to Zeballos in first-round action on Wednesday after one hour and 55 minutes of play. The first break of the afternoon came with Zeballos serving to stay in the opening set at 4-5, but from there it was all the Argentine. He did not face a single break point in set two before serving it out at 5-3. Tipsarevic, who complained about back pain during the match, went away quietly in the decisive set. The 38th-ranked Serb donated serve twice, including at 3-5 to end the proceedings. Next up for Zeballos is Victor Crivoi.

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not hit the bottom yet i fear

croc , 10/20/10 8:38 PM

Wowee.. Losing to Cuevas at home on a quick indoor court. THis does not bode well for the Russian, I fear.

cherylmurray , 10/20/10 8:39 PM

no, it cannot get worse than losing to an out-of-form Uruguayan clay-court specialist on an indoor hard court

RickyDimon , 10/20/10 9:27 PM

yep,Davydenko is officially in terminal decline...

tj600 , 10/21/10 1:21 AM

Not in terminal decline. He should be OK come next year. He just needs more rest and training during the off season, and get a new coach. He didn't lose his foot speed, just that his racket skills needs improvement from the rust he had collected.

When Fed lost to any Tom, Dick and Harry in 2008, didn't some people said the same things? We see Delpo also lost in his first round twice. It will be a long way back for both Davy and Delpo for sure.

luckystar , 10/21/10 3:47 AM

luckystar-i have to disagree. I think davy is in terminal decline. You cant compare davy and delpos situations. Del Potro is 22. Davydenko is 29. The fact is,it is A LOT easier to recover from a serious injury when you are a youngster as it is when you are a veteran. Its a long way back for Delpo,but I have no doubt that he will win at least a few more titles in his career further down the track. I cant say the same for Davydenko. You only have to look at Davydenkos peers of the same age- hewitt,roddick,nalbandian,haas etc All of them have had injuries this season and spent time off the tour.(and it has affected their performances) Federer is really the only one that hasnt had a major injury,but he rarely gets injured anyway.

tj600 , 10/21/10 7:06 AM

I agree with tj here. It must be incredibly difficult to summon up the motivation, that makes you train hard enough to get back your winning form, at 29. Also, it gets harder as you slip down the greasy pole, no more byes etc. I love Davy's play. This time last year at WTF he slew the giant, but alas, as they say, a year is a long time in tennis.

deuce , 10/21/10 7:42 AM

I don't think so, cos Davy's is not a major injury that needed surgery, unlike Nalby, Hewitt or Gonzo. His affected wrist is the left one, I think he needs to do so adjustment to the way he hits his backhand. His footwork and his forehand are not affected. Nalby and Hewitt's problems are more seriously, affecting almost all parts of their games. Delpo may need more time to get back to his normal level and nobody knows whether he can get back to his normal or not in the first place.

luckystar , 10/21/10 9:01 AM

No need to doubt Davy's motivation. He is one who plays a lot of matches to earn his keep. He only manages to get a clothing and racket sponsor this year, I'm sure he's more motivated than before to produce good results so as to keep this sponsor deal. Just give the guy some time to get back on track. Last year after his foot injury, it took him the whole of the clay season right up to the USO before he found his game and his form. Maybe this time will be the same for him, only thing is, he will need until next year before he can find his form.

luckystar , 10/21/10 9:09 AM

I feel so sorry for Davy. I shall never forget the expression of joy on his face when he won the WTF. It was the ultimate reward for the years of hard slog he had put in pounding the circuit and it must have been a cruel blow for it to all crumble away this year because of the wrist injury. To add to his misery, this will be the first time since 2005 that he will finish outside the top 10.

ed251137 , 10/21/10 1:45 PM

Yeah sad for Davy. I like Davy and hope he can get back his game and his form as soon as possible. He is the only one among Fed's peers who, when his game is on, has a realistic chance of beating Fed. I don't know about Nalby now, after his injury and surgery, whether he still can challenge and beat Fed.

Fed is really fortunate. He was a relatively late developer, winning his first slam when he was nearing 22. Those who developed earlier, the likes of Hewitt, Safin, Ferrero and Roddick, also blossomed for a short while, and couldn't go on to challenge Fed by then, either plagued by injuries, illnesses or simply couldn't match Fed's brilliance. Imagine if Hewitt and Safin developed a bit later, could they challenge Fed head on and thus deprived Fed of some slams? Also there was Nalby, who had the talent but didn't make full use of it. Also there was Davy, who developed even later than Fed, shot into prominence only in 2005, by then Fed was already TMF, and killed whatever chances Davy could have whenever they met, by not allowing Davy to play his game, recognizing Davy's talent and the danger he posed.

luckystar , 10/21/10 3:19 PM

Rock bottom eh? So, if he loses again is he now digging a hole? Please let's be a bit objective. The man is coming back from long-term injury and he needs time. That's all. Poor Gollum.

Blessed , 10/21/10 4:19 PM

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