• Davydenko destroys Ferrer in Doha semis

    1/4/13 5:58 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Davydenko destroys Ferrer in Doha semis Nikolay Davydenko turns back the clock and hammers David Ferrer in straight sets on Friday in Doha. Davydenko is through to the final for a meeting with Richard Gasquet.

    It's too soon to say Nikolay Davydenko is back, but he made an authoritative statement on Friday evening at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

    Davydenko crushed world No. 5 David Ferrer 6-2, 6-3 in a semifinal stunner that lasted a mere one hour and four minutes. The 31-year-old lost only six points in eight service games and did not come close to facing a single break point as he booked a spot in his first ATP title match since Munich in 2011.

    While Davydenko was falling as low as No. 56 in the world last season, Ferrer was busy compiling a 76-15 record, winning a Masters title in Paris, and preparing himself for a breakthrough into the Top 4. But the tables were turned right from the start in this one, with the underdog breaking serve in the third and seventh games.

    Ferrer raised his level slightly in the second set, but his opponent prevented him from doing anything of note. Davydenko's own stats (18 winners, 17 unforced errors) were solid, but his standard was truly reflected by Ferrer's numbers. Doha's top seeded managed only six winners at the expense of 16 errors. Davydenko's fourth break of the match came at 5-3 and he converted his first chance to seal the deal with a punctuating backhand winner.

    "Last year was pretty tough for me," the 44th-ranked Russian reflected. "My best result was a semifinal. Now in the first tournament of 2013, I'm already in a final."

    In Saturday's final, Davydenko will go up against Richard Gasquet. The Frenchman broke serve in the 12th game of each set to oust qualifier Daniel Brands 7-5, 7-5.

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RickyDimon , 1/4/13 6:21 PM

Davydenko has been playing well this tournament. I am not surprised that he won in straight sets. I think he will win the final tomorrow.

netcord , 1/4/13 7:04 PM

Nice one Davy!

chr18 , 1/4/13 7:52 PM

Amazing performance from davydenko. He really did wind back the clock.

tj600 , 1/5/13 2:46 PM

So happy for Davy. I think he'll beat Gasquet in the final. When playing well, Davy can beat anyone, including the top four guys!

luckystar , 1/5/13 3:18 PM

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