Sunday, November 29, 2009

ATP World Tour Finals: Finale

Nikolay Davydenko is finally getting his well-deserved time in the spotlight.

Davydenko defeated US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 6-4 to capture his first Year-End Championship trophy. His dream week started losing a competitive rematch of last year's final with defending champion Novak Djokovic. That was his only loss as he then handled a beleaguered Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal and French Open finalist Robin Soderling to catapult himself into the semifinals.

He took his 0-12 record against 4-time YEC champion Roger Federer in the semifinals to get his first win against the world no. 1. Finally, he dismantled Del Potro to win the tournament doing so as the first Russian to do so in the tournament's history. His win also means he overtook Andy Roddick for a year-end ranking of 6.

This is by far Davydenko's biggest title in his career. Prior to this his best finish at a Grand Slam tournament was the semifinals and has only managed to win three Masters tournaments. Not to mention the fact the he did this by defeating all of this years Grand Slam champions (Nadal, Federer, and Del Potro).

And with that, the ATP tennis season is over. Sure, there's still Davis Cup, but the regular season is done. Each of the top 8 players in the world have something to celebrate about this year, but more on that in my ATP Year In Review in December.

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