Davydenko - impressive as heck! *Spoiler*

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  1. Keifers

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    Speed, power, guts -- he pushed Federer like we haven't seen for a long time. Very few people can compress time on Roger the way Davydenko did. Physically and mentally forced Roger into many errors.

    This was NOT just another Fed win. Watch the match -- you'll see what I mean.

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  2. FalconX

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    Totally agree. I actually think Federer got lucky. Couple of Davydenko's earlier misses on match points were really close. Luck definitely played a bigger role in this match than federer's shot making abilities. I don't care what people say, Fedex was lucky to escape from that third set. Sometimes things just don't go your way and that's exactly what happened to Nikolay.

    ESPN commentators will make it sound like federer did the most extraordinary thing in the history of sports but what I saw was a completely different story. Federer was on the run an on his way out of this tournament. A series of unlucky misses and possibly inexperience of Nikolay in finishing off players of Fed's quality were what helped federer come through today.
     
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  3. Shyyre

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    he tightened up on those set points in the tie break... if that hadn't happened i think that he could have prevailed in 5 sets... i'm not going to say he choked, but you cant play conservative against roger on the big points.

    i taped it (but caught the tiebreak i n the third just as i got up), but it looked like there were a lot of good rallies. it should be fun to watch:)
     
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  4. Docalex007

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    *yawns*

    ...where am I?
     
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  5. Keifers

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    Nikolay made Roger work much harder than normal during Rog's service games. Usually Fed cruises when he's on serve. Davydenko got a ton of serves back -- and they were not weak returns. Rattled the Fed.
     
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  6. Shyyre

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    i think that most impressed me was that he managed to really control a lot of the points (in the middle of the match) and was running fed all over the place! that doesn't happen often and it was clear it rattled roger a little despite his usual stellar defense...
     
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  7. Marius_Hancu

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    IMO, Davydenko is perhaps the 2nd best mover in the game (after Fed) and he's using Agassi's tactics of stationing right on the baseline and taking the ball on the rise. Also, playing with the knees very flexed, which allows lots of mobility, but it's quite strenuous.

    I remember Agassi causing huge problems to Fed with the same tactics in their RR match in Houston, two years ago.

    Fed's playing 1-2 steps behind the baseline and losing a bit of time there, but this is where his comfort zone is.
     
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  8. gugafanatic

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    Davydenko was hitting as hard if not harder then Federer at times. Like Marius has stated his movement was very impressive especially moving forward to those Fed drop shots. Davydenko employed a very interesting tactic, by taking the pace off the serve and getting a high % of first serves in. He really arches his back and generates some good kick for a smaller guy.

    Davydenko is almost the anonymous world no 5 player. Amazing that he does not even have a clothing contract.
     
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  9. Jolly Reaper

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    I agree. Davydenko was amazing in that match. It did seem to have a lot more punch in his shots throughout the entire match. I hope people will be jumping on him to have contracts.

    I love how Federer actually had to play his real game to beat Davydenko, otherwise he wouldn't have been able to.
     
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  10. quest01

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    I watched the rerun of that match today. Davydenko had so many chances to win the third set and blew it. He definitely had his opportunities but came up short. Davydenko pushed Federer to the limit but couldnt win the big points that counted most.
     
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  11. Keifers

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    Give him a little more time. Did you see how steadily he's climbed the rankings? I expect him to go further and to challenge Fed even more.
     
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  12. BreakPoint

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    If Davydenko could have been just a little more consistent on the important points, he would have won that match. It seems like on the really crucial points, Federer just decided he was not going to miss, and he didn't, and that forced so much pressure on Davydenko that he eventually crumbled and missed on the most crucial opportunities.

    It's just too bad it didn't go to the 5th set. THAT would have been something to see, given Federer's obvious exhaustion. I think it would have been similar to the Master's Cup final with Federer tiring first but still fighting tooth and nail against Nalbandian and almost coming all the way back. This match was still a classic but it would have been even better if it went five. And I think Davydenko would have won in the 5th since he looked the fresher of the two, just like Nalbandian did in Shanghai.
     
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  13. Keifers

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    Well said, BreakPoint.

    (I'm glad, then, that it didn't go into a 5th!)
     
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  14. ShooterMcMarco

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    Davydenko is definitely rock solid from the ground. He was hitting all sorts of crosscourt angles and putting fed on the defense. I was really impressed by the way he played last night. Like BP said though, the next step for him is to play the crucial points better and become more mentally stable during those points. Its scary how calm (or appeared to be at least) federer was during those important points.
     
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  15. 156MPHserve

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    I felt like I was watching the Safin Federer semi again. Especially in the 4th set tiebreak... it was 5 - 2 and Davydenko caught up to 5 - 4... I swore next thing you'd see Fed doing a tweener on match point. Davydenko did fight off some match points though but Fed just aced him after.
     
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  16. Keifers

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    I agree. It was a gripping match. Sure, both players made errors, but that was more a function of the mental and physical battle they were engaged in than any laziness or drop in focus from either. There was no wimping out in this match; both men were full-on engaged in the battle.
     
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  17. jonolau

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    That's not true. Davydenko wouldn't have won in the 5th and definitely was not fresher MENTALLY. He was cracking up, just like some people we know.
     
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  18. quest01

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    Federer played excellent defense in that match. It goes to show you just like in every other sport, defense wins you matches.
     
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  19. D-man

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    i agree
     
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  20. superman1

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    Even if Davydenko got that set and it went to a fifth, he could never have lasted. That would be like running 10 miles while hitting balls as hard as possible.
     
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  21. austro

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    When Federer seemed to be on the losing streak, Mats Wilander (on Eurosport commentary) said he suspects Fed will now just try to cut down on his UE. And like magic, that's exactly what he started doing. As if it were nothing more than a matter of choice...
     
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