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Nikolay Davydenko Wins His First Masters Cup

Written by Matt Stevens   
Monday, 30 November 2009 23:46

Davydenko Wins his First Masters CupNikolay Davydenko won the Tennis Masters for the first time in his career, becoming the first Russian who succeeds, beating Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, yesterday in the final in London .

Davydenko wins and 28 years of age with the most important title of his career, a year after losing the final of the "Masters Tournament" at the Serbian Novak Djokovic.

"Coming here as number seven and winning the tournament is something I wonder to myself," said Davydenko, who won on the road to the champions of the four Grand Slam tournaments of the year. "Congratulations, you made a very great week, won them all and are a great champion," said Del Potro.

Later, Argentina, only 21 years, said over his rival of the moment: "He plays like a Playstation. It is very difficult to score a point. "

This victory rewards great regularity at the highest level of Russian, who was participating for the fifth consecutive time in the great quote that closes the season against the best of the year.

Feared by most players on the circuit, Davydenko always fell just before the final and, in particular, before the world number one Roger Federer. But this time was able to overcome the Swiss in the semifinals for the first time in 13 games played.

"When I played against (Marat) Safin in Moscow last October, 80% of the public was with him," the new champion, expressing his desire to be recognized in your country.

In the end, as usual, gave a hellish pace to the game from the back of the court by the speed that allows you to quickly get to the balls, but also used a better service at a time (five aces) and did not hesitate to come to the net to sentence correctly 11 of 12 increases.

Del Potro, meanwhile, probably succumbed to physical exhaustion after his semifinal against Swede Robin Soderling ended yesterday after 11 pm in the City of London. The young winner of the U.S. Open could not complete any of his three break balls and bent within hours.

Davydenko, the first Russian to write its name in the list of winners of the Masters, was born in Ukraine in 1981 at age 15 moved to Germany with his brother and coach Edouard to devote himself to tennis. Three years later got Russian citizenship.

Now finish the best possible one year that started badly. It started with a heel injury and could not play more than four tournaments between the months of January and April, and fell from the Top 10 for the first time since mid-2006.

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