After meeting in the 2nd AO round
Nikolay Davydenko: Marchenko surprised me with his crosses
The match against players of Nikolay Davydenko’s level is always a great challenge for those, who have only got to the edge of the top-100. So Nikolay’s opinion about Marchenko’s game is very valuable. Nikolay has told the following:
- Nikolay, you didn’t know anything about the opponent before the match against Marchenko. What plan for the game did you have?
- I didn’t know his game and my first target was to start fighting and to stay concentrated. In the first round I felt very inert. Today everything went much better. I tried to find my game from the baseline game quickly. The opponent helped me a little bit, hitting from the baseline he made me thinking about what to do and how to make troubles for him.
- How do you estimate your opponent’s game in the second round of the AO? What are his perspectives? Did he surprise you with something?
- Marchenko played quite good, he played good all the elements, hit down the lines. If he continues playing such game, his results will continue growing rapidly. Now I’m not surprised that he has reached the semifinal of the Kremlin Cup last year. His level in today’s match was very high. About game elements, I have to note, that Marchenko plays very good crosses from both backhand and a forehand.
There are only some players in the tour who are able to hit crosses from both sides. Maybe, Djokovic, Del Potro… I often play at the baseline, knowing that the opponent will play to the center of the court and I’ll have an opportunity to attack. There were moments, when Marchenko used his crosses, playing deep, unexpectedly for me. Sometimes I had no choice and play conveniently for him, gave him opportunities to attack. If he continues playing that way, he’ll become very dangerous opponent.