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pound cat
01-07-2009, 07:09 AM
Eurosport - Wed, 07 Jan 13:51:00 2009

World number five Nikolay Davydenko will miss the Australian Open later this month after aggravating a heel injury.

More StoriesDjokovic handed Sydney wildcard
Davydenko, top seed at the $450,000 ATP Chennai event, said he will consult doctors before deciding when he can return to the circuit.

"I am pulling out both the Chennai Open and the Australian Open because my left heel has been very painful over the last few days," the 27-year-old Russian said. "I will see specialists before I can say when I will return to the circuit.

"The pain in the left heel started last year. It also bothered me during the Masters Cup in Shanghai in November where I reached the final.

"Last week when I was in Abu Dhabi, the pain became worse. Now I cannot run, so there is no way I can play tennis.

"There is no pain when I am not playing. But if I play for a few days, it increases. I don't know what is happening.

"I need to get my heel checked. So there was no way I can play at the Australian Open.

"I usually do not miss big tournaments, but the pain left me with no option to miss Chennai and Australia."

The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, is due to start in Melbourne on January 19.

Davydenko finished among the top five for the fourth consecutive year in 2008, but failed to make the quarter-finals of any of the four Grand Slam events for the first time since 2004.

mrmo1115
01-07-2009, 07:14 AM
Oh my, this actually shapes the Australian Open field alot.... Seedings should change which would affect the draw obviously. But the thing is, Davydenko would have been seeded 5th at the AO, meaning he would be given a draw that would exclude him out of the Semi finals, probably 5th playing 1st seed (Nadal) in the QF....

zagor
01-07-2009, 07:17 AM
Really sad to hear that,was looking forward to seeing Kolja in play at AO.Hope he recovers in time to defend his Miami title.

tacou
01-07-2009, 08:52 AM
this is very bad news:(

vive le beau jeu !
01-07-2009, 08:55 AM
wow... surprisingly radical decision as he cleanly won his 1st round in india without even facing a break point ! :?
did he already mention that heel problem before ?

vbranis
01-07-2009, 08:55 AM
This sucks, I enjoy watching him play and he was in good form coming into the AO.:(

Get well soon Kolja!

orangettecoleman
01-07-2009, 09:02 AM
maybe if the heel was bothering him before, he should have gotten it checked out during the offseason when he would have had time to recover before having to pull out of any matches. translation: he's still burned out and doesn't want to play the AO and is using the heel as an excuse. in my opinion.

War, Safin!
01-07-2009, 09:04 AM
Bad news for 'Skeletor' but personally I find his entire style a bit too 'metronomic' for me to endure 3-5 sets.

coloskier
01-07-2009, 09:11 AM
He quit his 2nd round match. He won the 1st set, but was down 3-1 in the 2nd when he retired. I think all the matches he has been playing to keep his ranking up high has finally caught up with him.

Chauvalito
01-07-2009, 09:13 AM
Does not speak well of the shoes he has been wearing...Prince shoes correct?

Or could this be unrelated to shoes?

tennisgirl90
01-07-2009, 09:15 AM
Too bad for him. Hope he gets better soon.

drakulie
01-07-2009, 09:16 AM
Bad news for 'Skeletor'

LMAO!

I'm sure nadal is very happy to hear this news.

Zaragoza
01-07-2009, 09:18 AM
This will put Del Potro as one of the top 8 seeds, therefore a potential quarter final opponent for the top 4.

matchmaker
01-07-2009, 09:55 AM
Sad to hear for Davy, but I don't think he'd have been a major factor at the AO, he seems to suffer from some kind of mental burn out and now even physically.

edmondsm
01-07-2009, 11:04 AM
That sucks. It must have flared up in the offseason since he finished the year strong. Kind of odd for it to happen then considering how much tennis this guy plays.

Leelord337
01-07-2009, 11:06 AM
Eurosport - Wed, 07 Jan 13:51:00 2009

World number five Nikolay Davydenko will miss the Australian Open later this month after aggravating a heel injury.

More StoriesDjokovic handed Sydney wildcard
Davydenko, top seed at the $450,000 ATP Chennai event, said he will consult doctors before deciding when he can return to the circuit.

"I am pulling out both the Chennai Open and the Australian Open because my left heel has been very painful over the last few days," the 27-year-old Russian said. "I will see specialists before I can say when I will return to the circuit.

"The pain in the left heel started last year. It also bothered me during the Masters Cup in Shanghai in November where I reached the final.

"Last week when I was in Abu Dhabi, the pain became worse. Now I cannot run, so there is no way I can play tennis.

"There is no pain when I am not playing. But if I play for a few days, it increases. I don't know what is happening.

"I need to get my heel checked. So there was no way I can play at the Australian Open.

"I usually do not miss big tournaments, but the pain left me with no option to miss Chennai and Australia."

The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year, is due to start in Melbourne on January 19.

Davydenko finished among the top five for the fourth consecutive year in 2008, but failed to make the quarter-finals of any of the four Grand Slam events for the first time since 2004.

I think its from the prince shoes, or are they airness?

the same thing happened to Martina Hingis when she wore sergio tacchini shoes, and even tried suing the company back in the early 90s. ah well, hope davydenko recuperates

vandre
01-07-2009, 11:08 AM
sux for prince too! he's one of the few players they've got left!

jrod
01-07-2009, 11:13 AM
odd, I have EXACTLY the same issue now tih my left heel and had to pull out of a dubs match last night because I couldn't move to save my life....wonder what's going on here? I think my ailment is plantars fasciitis, but haven't confirmed it.

Too bad for nikiD.

NamRanger
01-07-2009, 11:24 AM
Nadal, again, lucks out.

Oui, c'est moi.
01-07-2009, 11:28 AM
Gutted. :(

Zaragoza
01-07-2009, 11:34 AM
Nadal, again, lucks out.

When did he lose to Davydenko in a Slam? Roddick has now a better chance of chasing the no.5 spot after the AO, he is lucky.

NamRanger
01-07-2009, 11:45 AM
When did he lose to Davydenko in a Slam? Roddick has now a better chance of chasing the no.5 spot after the AO, he is lucky.



When did Davydenko and Nadal meet in a slam? Uh, yeah, never. Davydenko clearly would have the edge at the AO, it's a slow grinding surface that bounces low. Nadal doesn't have the firepower to hit through this type of court.

Zaragoza
01-07-2009, 06:47 PM
When did Davydenko and Nadal meet in a slam? Uh, yeah, never. Davydenko clearly would have the edge at the AO, it's a slow grinding surface that bounces low. Nadal doesn't have the firepower to hit through this type of court.

Well you think that almost everyone has the edge over Nadal on hardcourts and Djokovic on clay, thatīs not new.
Davydenkoīs chances of meeting Nadal at the AO were slim and that he would be a harder opponent for Nadal than Tsonga, Del Potro or Simon is just pure speculation. Your reaction to Davydenko pulling out was lame, you have to make of every thread a Nadal thing.

Morrissey
01-07-2009, 07:30 PM
LMAO!

I'm sure nadal is very happy to hear this news.

I donīt think he even raised an eyebrow about it. Since he only smacked his *** last week 6-2, 6-3. Nadal is playing well enough right now that Murray and Fed are his main opponents coming into the Aussie.

Morrissey
01-07-2009, 07:31 PM
When did Davydenko and Nadal meet in a slam? Uh, yeah, never. Davydenko clearly would have the edge at the AO, it's a slow grinding surface that bounces low. Nadal doesn't have the firepower to hit through this type of court.

Sure, since he didnīt have the firepower to destroy him just last week in straight sets.

anointedone
01-07-2009, 07:33 PM
While I dont normally put much stock in exhibitions, especialy silly ones like the Sampras exos or the Federer-Nadal half grass/half clay, the Davydenko-Nadal one was such a thorough beating in a best 2 of 3 that I think it does indicate it would be very hard for Davydenko to have upset Nadal in best 3 of 5 if they had met. Davydenko and Nadal for awhile were having very tough matches on both hard courts and clay, culminating in Davydenko's beatdown of Nadal in Miami when he was playing some of his best tennis ever. However since then Nadal has turned it around and spanked Davydenko twice in a row now.

Morrissey
01-07-2009, 07:34 PM
Nadal, again, lucks out.

Not really, he demolished him last week. If he were lucky he would also have Simon and Tsonga out as well since I worry more about them than Davydenko who always underwhelms in Grand Slams. If Nadal were lucky on this it still wouldnīt add up to half of the time Fed got lucky with draws in Grand Slams. Especially when he didnīt have to play a match in 5 days while Nadal had to play a match everyday. I wish Nadal had that kind of luck. But heīs FO, Wimby defending champ and #1 in the world. Better to be good than lucky and Nadal is that, I can live with it :-D.

abmk
01-07-2009, 07:48 PM
oh ! Hope he recovers soon ..

zagor
01-07-2009, 08:20 PM
While I dont normally put much stock in exhibitions, especialy silly ones like the Sampras exos or the Federer-Nadal half grass/half clay, the Davydenko-Nadal one was such a thorough beating in a best 2 of 3 that I think it does indicate it would be very hard for Davydenko to have upset Nadal in best 3 of 5 if they had met. Davydenko and Nadal for awhile were having very tough matches on both hard courts and clay, culminating in Davydenko's beatdown of Nadal in Miami when he was playing some of his best tennis ever. However since then Nadal has turned it around and spanked Davydenko twice in a row now.

Nadal didn't beat Davydenko 2 times in a row if you count their match in Paris in which Nadal retired(although really was in bad shape in that one)but regardless I don't like Davydenko's chances of upsetting Nadal in a slam even though I feel he is a tough match-up playing wise for Nadal(as their Miami match last year and their match in Rome in 2007 proved).I like Kolja's game a lot but he just isn't a good big match player,never was(for example he blew many chances against Fed in '06 AO and '07 FO,wasted a lead against Puerta in '05 FO,came out flat against Djokovic in TMC final last year etc.)so I wouldn't favour Davydenko over Nadal(especially now that Nadal has improved even more as a player)in any slam,not even in AO and USO.Kolja simply isn't the type of player that is going to cause upsets in slams(masters are different story),he'll beat the players who he is supposed to beat in slams but will get tight against the very best players.

If Nadal were lucky on this it still wouldnīt add up to half of the time Fed got lucky with draws in Grand Slams.

In 2004-2007 period when he got most of his slams Fed didn't really need to get lucky with draw whatsoever cause the only opponent in that period that could beat him in slams(aside from an inspired Safin at AO or Guga at the '04 FO when Fed still wasn't that good on clay as he was in 2006)was Nadal,you couldn't put together a tough draw for Fed in that period even if you wanted to since he owned everybody on tour except Nadal.Now things have changed with Murray and Djokovic coming into their own and Fed declining in 2008,however even then he still beat both of them in a row to win USO despite failing to reach a single HC final whole year.

Better to be good than lucky and Nadal is that.

True,however so is Fed.A 1-2 slam winner might be considered lucky or flukish or whatever but winning 13 slams by the age of 27 is great talent,hardwork,mental strength and determination.No amount of luck can bring you anywhere near the success Fed had without those qualities.

tacou
01-07-2009, 08:22 PM
it's not like they were destined to play each other at AO anyways?

but I hope this isn't the beginning of the end for Davy

veroniquem
01-08-2009, 01:50 AM
Not really, he demolished him last week. If he were lucky he would also have Simon and Tsonga out as well since I worry more about them than Davydenko who always underwhelms in Grand Slams. If Nadal were lucky on this it still wouldnīt add up to half of the time Fed got lucky with draws in Grand Slams. Especially when he didnīt have to play a match in 5 days while Nadal had to play a match everyday. I wish Nadal had that kind of luck. But heīs FO, Wimby defending champ and #1 in the world. Better to be good than lucky and Nadal is that, I can live with it :-D.
+ since when has Davy been a threat to any top player in slams :shock:?

Zaragoza
01-08-2009, 06:07 AM
Mahut has withdrawn too and it seems Kiefer wonīt play either.
Andujar and Volandri got a spot into the main draw. Dabul will get one too if Kiefer doesnīt play. The next one in the alternates list is Kevin Anderson.
Isner, Mannarino and Ebelthite were awarded wildcards into the main draw.

edberg505
01-08-2009, 06:21 AM
Mahut has withdrawn too and it seems Kiefer wonīt play either.
Andujar and Volandri got a spot into the main draw. Dabul will get one too if Kiefer doesnīt play. The next one in the alternates list is Kevin Anderson.
Isner, Mannarino and Ebelthite were awarded wildcards into the main draw.

Ahh, crap.

Zaragoza
01-08-2009, 07:08 PM
Acasuso and Chela have withdrawn too. Brian Dabul (ARG) and Kevin Anderson (RSA) will take their spots in the main draw.