What are Davydenko's chances

Halba

Hall of Fame
silent thread

davy's baseline game has not enough variety and consistency to beat FedEx who has a variety of shots. bye bye davy in 3 sets

both are robots on the court
 

Defcon

Hall of Fame
Was it AO where Fed had a tough time beating him - tb in 3rd set? Its possible my memory is bad and it was just 1 set. Davy Ducky has the sort of game that can trouble Fed. He doesn't rely on any weapons (doesn't have any) but will run around all day and doesn't miss much. Sort of like Nalby, except he isn't fat. But I don't think he can win more than a set.

Of course if Fed bothers to play his A game, his chances are more accurately described as slim and none.
 

alienhamster

Hall of Fame
I think this will be harder for Fed than most are expecting. I *think* it was a 5-setter between them at the Aussie.

I just hope Li'l Skeletor exhausts Fed somewhat on Saturday so we can have a more equal final on Sunday.
 

Polaris

Hall of Fame
alienhamster said:
I think this will be harder for Fed than most are expecting. I *think* it was a 5-setter between them at the Aussie.
Nope, it was 4 sets, but 4 very tough sets, so your point is valid.
 

arosen

Hall of Fame
The match, like it often happens, is on Fed's racket. The biggest danger he is facing is falling asleep, but fear not, this is semis, so Fed should be awake and interested. Niko would be lucky to get a set, Blake style.
 

arnz

Professional
How many slams has Fed won, and how many for Davydenko? How many people have beaten Fed this year, and how many have beaten Davydenko? Tennis is more predictable than a lot
of other sports, because very rarely does tennis depend on luck. Its skill, and Fed will show you how much more superior his skill level is compared to everyone else, including Davydenko
 

hoosierbr

Hall of Fame
Fed wasn't at his best at the Aussie against Davydenko but he wasn't playing poorly by any stretch, like he did for the first set and a half against Baghdatis in the final or against Murray in Cincy. Davydenko and Federer split the first two sets, one break a piece, and Davy had 6 or 7 set points in the third set - two at 6-5 on Fed's serve and four or five in the tiebreak. He went up like 6-2 before Federer closed the gap. Both held serve pretty easily in the fourth set and Davydenko took a lead in the tiebreak again, 5-2 I think, before Fed won it 7-5. In short, Niko choked.

Nikolay will have to be a lot sharper tomorrow if he's to stand a chance and he does, if only a slight one. He's 0 and 7, I think, lifetime against Federer. My prediction is a tough four set win for Roger.
 

Jack the Hack

Hall of Fame
Federer is 7-0 lifetime against Davydenko, and has won 15 out of the 19 sets they have played.

As others have said, I would expect Federer to have a tough match from Davydenko (especially since it is a semifinal), but he will likely win in 4 sets. Odds wise, I would only give Davydenko about a 1 in 10 chance of pulling the upset, but it could be done. I don't expect any bagels in the men's matches tomorrow...
 

Feña14

Legend
I feel Davydenko will be very tired so I can easily see it being over in 3 sets but if Nikolay is feeling ok health wise, I think he could take it to 4 or 5. Having said that I think winning it is totally beyond him.
 

West Coast Ace

G.O.A.T.
If it's real windy and Fed's serve goes off and he gets upset and the rest of his game suffers, anything could happen. ND doesn't have a weapon to hurt Fed with.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
Does it really matter whether Federer will lose to Davydenko in the semis or to Youzhny in the final?
 

arosen

Hall of Fame
SoBad said:
Does it really matter whether Federer will lose to Davydenko in the semis or to Youzhny in the final?
Imagine Fed losing to Davi and Youzhny beating Roddick. Wholy crap, CBS guys would have a heart attack.
 

Banger

Rookie
I think Fed will win in 4 sets but they will be 4 highly contested sets by Davydenko. Just like one poster said in the beginning of the thread Davy, although he doesnt have one big weapon, does have a style of play that can trouble Fed. He is very consistent with his shots and picks them well, can run down almost anything, and usually has very few unforced errors. He wont have any shot beating Fed but can cause him trouble.
 

psamp14

Hall of Fame
at the AO this yr federer never played his best tennis...but credit to haas and davydenko and kiefer and baghdatis for taking sets off him...

tomorrow federer could win in 4 sets...but i really see a straight sets crushing...like a 6-3 6-4 6-2...or maybe all breadsticks with bagels
 
Defcon said:
Was it AO where Fed had a tough time beating him - tb in 3rd set? Its possible my memory is bad and it was just 1 set. Davy Ducky has the sort of game that can trouble Fed. He doesn't rely on any weapons (doesn't have any) but will run around all day and doesn't miss much. Sort of like Nalby, except he isn't fat. But I don't think he can win more than a set.

Of course if Fed bothers to play his A game, his chances are more accurately described as slim and none.
Yeah, he's only top ten in the world... no weapons... :rolleyes:
 

Kobble

Hall of Fame
Davydenko's backhand will likely sit right into the left wing of Federer's fun house. Look for a competitive first set, and a disaster from there on.

As for Roddick. All you need to get to him is to get the serve back and have one big shot to legitemize his fear of getting beat. Federer has that, and it will be a beating. Then again, I have to be realistic from Roddick's perspective. If he serves at 80% he may just get enough easy volleys to push tiebreakers, and lose in a close 3 setter.
 

dozu

Banned
the match up is tough for Davy... he doesn't have a weapon to hurt Fed... when Fed knows that the opp cant hurt him, he will part on that left corner and use the FH to dominate the points all day.

this is the same thing as how Fed dominates Hewitt.
 

SoBad

G.O.A.T.
Yeah it should be tough for Davydenko to beat Federer, since Davydenko is a pusher and has no weapons. On the other hand, Nadal is a big old pusher and junkballer as well and beat Federer badly many times, so who knows...
 
Nadal's lefthanded!

Anyway...why the sudden love for Davy around the place?

Davy exactly the kind of reason people argue sampras era was better.

This guy wins loads of small tournaments and plays 35 tournys a year.

The rankings formulation need looking at..
 
obsessedtennisfandisorder said:
Nadal's lefthanded!

Anyway...why the sudden love for Davy around the place?

Davy exactly the kind of reason people argue sampras era was better.

This guy wins loads of small tournaments and plays 35 tournys a year.

The rankings formulation need looking at..
While I agree with first part of your statement, Davydenko actually has a justified ranking having reached the quarters of 3 of the 4 slams so far this year, and the semis of 1(U.S Open). When you combine with last year he has reached 5 of his last 8 slam quarters, and 2 semis in that time. So actually, even if a reflection badly on todays mens game, his ranking in the top 6 is justified by his Grand Slam results, not just playing more events.
 
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