Davydenko reaches Masters Cup semifinals
Nikolay Davydenko advanced to the semifinals of the Masters Cup by
beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-2 Thursday.
Knowing the winner would advance, Davydenko's defense and relentless
groundstrokes were the difference, turning an expected tight match into
a rout. He broke Del Potro's serve four times in eight chances.
"Today, I played so good," Davydenko said. "I feel great."
Earlier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Novak Djokovic of Serbia
1-6, 7-5, 6-1. Djokovic had already been assured of a spot in the
semifinals of the season-ending tournament, while Tsonga had been
eliminated. Del Potro was unable to put much pressure on his Russian
opponent in the first set, connecting on only 42 percent of his first
Serving while trailing 4-3, Del Potro double-faulted to set up
break-point. Davydenko put away a forehand winner off a short ball for
the game, then held at love for the set.
After Del Potro held to start the second set, Davydenko won five
straight games, leaving the Argentine looking increasingly frustrated.
Del Potro held to get to 5-2, but Davydenko finished it off by holding
at love, with Del Potro netting a second-serve return on match point.
Del Potro said he didn't see the ball well, was moving slowly and
never found his rhythm. But he was still happy about his performance
this year - rising into the top 10 - and looking forward to next week's
Davis Cup final between Argentina and Spain.
"I'm living a dream," Del Potro said.
SHANGHAI, Thursday, AP