Davidenko is a pleasure to watch....

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  1. Oldracquet27

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    His movement, his clean groundstrokes, amazing angles.... a truly natural tennis player. I hope he can win a grandslam title before retiring.....
     
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  2. ronalditop

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    Agreed. He's a very fun player to watch. And he's hitting harder than before now so hes even more dangerous.
     
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  3. Mick

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    yeah but he looks so skinny and pale for a top tennis player. when you think of a top tennis player, you would think of somebody who looks like federer, nadal, or djokovic. davydenko, he does not look like a top tennis player (to me at least) :)
     
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  4. Cup8489

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    it's amazing how people don't post about this guy for months, and if they do it's negative. he recieved similar praise after beating nadal in Miami last year, but then fell off the map. His game doesn't change, just his ability to execute it when it counts.

    Personally, I'm glad to see some appreciation, not degradation, for a very good player in Davydenko.

    Perhaps now he will resign with Prince? that Ozone Pro Tour is doing him good :)
     
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  5. _maxi

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    He is not a pusher, he is not a time waster, he doesn't scream, etc. That's always good for me, if I want to enjoy a match.
     
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  6. Fedace

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    yes but his volley is like 3.5 and that is boring..
     
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  7. Mr.Brightside

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    +1

    i find him much more interesting to watch then nadal...
     
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    I like his wife better
     
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  9. tacou

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    his volleys are sometimes very nice, he's just not a natural. I love Davy's game, have since 2005 or so, and it's always so great to see him execute so well in a big match like this, as it was in Miami last year.
     
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  10. OddJack

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    You look at him and understand why there are so many Murray haters
     
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  11. Mr.Brightside

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    hells yeah
     
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  12. VashTheStampede

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    Yeah, he's my second favorite player. He just beat my favorite in the finals, but I was rooting for Davydenko. I never really understood why people call him a boring player with no weapons. If you watch him, he's usually the one dictating play, even against an aggressive player such as Djokovic. I, too, want to see him to at least win one slam in his career, especially considering how long he's been able to stay in the top 10.

    As Mick said, I think if he looked more like the typical top 10 player he'd get more recognition. But for me, the fact that he plays that aggressive style with such an unassuming slender frame makes it even more intriguing.
     
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  13. PCXL-Fan

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    pale... well look at the guy in your avatar :p
     
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    I would like to see him win atleast 1 slam. IMO he is a better tennis player than Kafelnikov who won 2 slams. I think if he puts it together mentally he will. He had some mental failings and moments of choking vs Djokovic and Nadal in the semis and finals of Shanghai and still won, although neither were at their best, especialy Nadal. He needs to be mentally stronger if he is to ever win a slam and maybe get a bit lucky with the draw and 1 or 2 guys not being at their best.
     
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  15. VashTheStampede

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    Agreed. Hopefully, he gets more confidence after his big win in Shanghai.
     
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  16. tennis_hand

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    Davy improved after his injury this year.

    His serve is more powerful now. He starts to hit the serve at the ball's peak, instead of a very high toss.

    His power has improved also. I think now he looks at the ball with more time when hitting it, instead of letting the head following the ball too quickly.
     
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  17. wyutani

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    watching davydenko is a bore. i feel asleep watching the finals.
     
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  18. Actually, when he is not playing well, he is one of the most painful players to watch.
     
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  19. 35ft6

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    The first time I saw this guy, he wasn't even in the top 50 and I predicted he would be top 10. He is so good. Not as crazy talented as Nalbandian but they're similar in that they're both incredibly gifted pure ball strikers. His performance in the semis and finals of Shanghai were, like the title says, a pleasure to watch. He just pummeled Nadal's backhand but it wasn't just sheer pace, he threw so many different depths and angles. Looks so obvious but how many players have the game to pull it off? Murray, take notice.

    Just some of the finest baseline tennis of the open era. He barely came to the net against Nadal, he flat out just out hit him from the baseline. For a few stretches, he was as good or better than vintage Agassi.
     
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  20. dropshot winner

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    I agree, but didn't Davydenko came to the net like 30 times and won like 22 of them?

    He even serve and volleyed at least once, and won the point (Nadal looked VERY surprised).

    Overall I think he could've used the net better, a few times he got Nadal way off the court and but instead of cutting the angle with the volley he stayed at the baseline and had to hit 10 extra shots.
     
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    I love watching Davy play, and I can't understand pwople who call him boring. He doesn't have the biggest variety in the game but he's a very clean baseliner striker who's just solid. I love this aggressive type of play. I hope he will win a major before retiring, he's got the tools.
     
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  22. Polvorin

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    I respect Davydenko, but there is a reason he is sometimes known as "ball machine."
     
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  23. He is extremely underrated around here, he is a fantastic ball-striker and when he is on and feeling motivated he is a threat to most players, fantastic stuff seeing him beating Nadal, made my day!
     
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  24. tacou

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    what do you find boring about his game, exactly?
     
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    he needs a tournament without federer. if Fed doesn't play, Davydenko also needs to play the tournament of his life.
     
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  26. helloworld

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    Agassi is still more powerful off the ground, but Davydenko is faster. So it's a close call, but I'd still take prime Agassi.
     
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  27. Cesc Fabregas

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    Agassi was very fast in his younger days and when he got himself in shape 94/95, he is basically does everything better than Davydenko serve, return, forehand, backhand, movement and volley.
     
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    I love watching Davidenko take everyball he possibly could on the rise. He was giving Nadal no time at all to respond yesterday and he created some wicked angles off of both sides during his rallies. His match with the joker the day before was even better and even Novak said that the guy was playing at a higher level and there was nothing he could do.
    The court surface in China suited his game perfectly. I am happy for him because he really earned that title yesterday. Fun tennis to watch for sure.
     
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  29. dropshot winner

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    Agassi was never as fast as Davydenko, but he did have the more powerful backhand, a more consistent forehand and stronger return, but the difference in all those areas was small.

    I think the 95 Agassi had a worse serve than Davydenko, not by much though.
     
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  30. Oldracquet27

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    Well....

    I guess what we are focusing here when we say a truly natural tennis player is his ability to hit the ball so well and move around the court not his looks. And if you think about his size compared to other guys and being top ten for so long, the guy is just AMAZING to me. Trust me, the look will not take you to the tour if you don't HIT, it is always just a nice complement.... just saying.
     
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  31. sureshs

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    He was playing out of his mind the entire tournament. He had Nadal on the run all the time in the final.
     
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    How in the world did you figure that? I mean, he plays SO FAST and take the ball SO EARLY. Seriously how did you notice that?:confused:
     
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    He needs to learn to beat Federer, not wait until his not there or playing bad. And Federer I think downplays Davydenko a lot when he talks about him. Like he'll never beat him,(understanding of course the horrible H2H), but so many of their matches were decided on only a few points, and Davydenko pretty much handed them over. Fed, I think is nervous. I think he knows that if Davydenko would not have gifted him those points, that H2H would be looking a lot different.
     
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  34. dropshot winner

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    I disagree. Davydenko could've won maybe 2 or 3 matches.

    Even without any choking Federer is a horrible match-up for Davydenko.
     
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    NikiD is a pleasure to watch when he is playing well. His movement and footwork are exceptional. My feeling is they have to be in order for him to hit such an effective shot. He's one of the smaller players on the tour and as a result needs to be in position to put as much into his shot as he can muster....kind of like Justine was on the WTA, small but extremely effective.
     
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  36. Its funny, Nadal and Sampras-tards have used Davy as an example of "a weak era" thats why Federer managed to win as many slams as he did, in your face!!!! Davydenko would have spanked Sampras`s ass on many surfaces! And of course, he consecutively spanked Djokevic and Nadal, shame on you!!!:evil:
     
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  37. Cesc Fabregas

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    Davydenko is a poor mans Kafelinkov and Sampras was 9-0 against him on non clay surfaces.
     
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  38. thejoe

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    So you can ignore the clay matches when we're referring to Sampras?
     
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  39. Well, clay is about 35-40% of the tournaments on the ATP-tour so...and having todays slow surfaces Sampras would have wished he started playing cicket or something else.
     
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  40. JoshDragon

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    Agreed. I like to watch him, he's a great player. He's just a little bit weaker than the very best though.
     
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  41. So who are the very best since he beat both Djokovic and Nadal? And it was not the 1st time he did it.
     
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  42. JoshDragon

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    Actually, I think Sampras would still be able win majors with today's conditions but he certainly would not have dominated. I think Pete would have won 5 or less probably.
     
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  43. JoshDragon

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    That's true but he doesn't do it on the big stages at the majors. Besides he's never beaten Roger.
     
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  44. Haasquet

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    This is because he has wheels and a 150-ball capacity, not because he gets the ball back in play. It's a common misconception...
     
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  45. Absolutely

    , he would have won 4-8 imo, but never ever 14.
     
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  46. True, but Roger is THE best :twisted:
     
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  47. JoshDragon

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    He wasn't last year.;)
     
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  48. Maybe not, but 2004,2005,2006,2007, and 2009!
    :)
     
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  49. UsualSuspect

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    Such speculation is unecessary and nonsensical. The times have changed the way tennis is played. One could argue that Roger wouldnt win as many slams if he played the 90s as well. So this argument goes both ways and wont yield a correct answer. Federer and Sampras played best in their own respective times.
     
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  50. If that kind of speculation is "ubecessary and nonsensical" then i guess 99% of the posters in here are guilty of just that !
    Thats what ppl do, speculating and comparing.
     
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