Sunday, April 6, 2008

Davydenko Stuns Nadal to Grab Miami Shield

To seal the series of surprises that we have witnessed in Miami these couple of weeks, world number four, Nikolay Davydenko stepped up a gear on Sunday, as he went cruise control all over Rafael Nadal, to become the first Russian to ever claim the Miami Masters title.

Davydenko, who posted a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win to capture his second Masters Series shield, outplayed the Spaniard from the baseline, as he seemed to better cope with the breezy conditions than Nadal, who struggled to find his game as he conceded break after break to trash his hopes of winning his first title of the season.

It was definitely a fortnight of firsts not just for the tennis world but also for the Russian, who had to save a match point against Latvian, Ernests Gulbis in the first round, before he went on to notch his first victory in 6 matches over Andy Roddick in the semis, and later offed Nadal for the first time as well in 3 encounters.

The claycourt season will not kick off just yet, for the players next head to play the Davis Cup quarterfinals where Russia face the Czech Repulic in Moscow while Nadal's clan meet the Germans in Bremen.

Davis Cup quarterfinal ties:

Russia - Czech Republic (Indoor clay, Moscow)

Germany - Spain (Indoor hard ,Bremen)

USA - France (Indoor hard, Winston-Salem)

Argentina - Sweden (Outdoor clay, Buenos Aires)
*Picture from eurosport

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