Davydenko wins in his farewell year
Dubai | Published: February 27, 2013 - 2:48PM
Bernard Tomic retired with a "general illness" after only five games against Romania's Victor Hanescu at the Dubai Open, as Russian Nikolay Davydenko brought comedy and an upset to the seedings as he reached the second round.
Davydenko, who hopes to return to the top 20 as part of his farewell year, beat the sixth-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6-0 7-5. But it took him half an hour to take the first two games, and 50 minutes to win the love set.
"After two games I was thinking 'match just starting - and I'm already tired', Davydenko said.
He also had a comic explanation for the sharp twist in the second set of a match which, having dominated, he suddenly found himself trailing by two breaks of serve before recovering.
"Before the second set he, like, go to toilet and come back and start to play better. I don't know what he did there."
Davydenko, currently down at 46 but still capable of significantly higher on the evidence of his enduringly excellent, early-taken ground strokes, was not apparently convinced he is on his way back to a ranking his best tennis would seem to justify.
"One day I play good. Next day I coming and I play like 300 year old," he said. "Sometimes I feel good, and sometimes like I say after one hour I'm so tired and just start to thinking why maybe I'm so old."
Davydenko does want to see if he can beat another top 10 player, as he did David Ferrer en route to the final in Doha last month.
He may get the chance. He next plays Hanescu, who got past Tomic, and if he survives that he should meet Roger Federer in the last eight.
This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/d...227-2f4ub.html