Can Davydenko handle the pressure of being one of the favourites for AO? - MensTennisForums.com

View Poll Results: How will Davydenko do at the AO?
Live up to the expectations, increased attention and pressure 11 16.92%
Crack under the pressure of being a favourite for the 1st time 8 12.31%
Play the same in GS as previous years and makes the QF 46 70.77%
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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old 01-09-2010, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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Can Davydenko handle the pressure of being one of the favourites for AO?

Best of 5 sets is a completely different beast to play. The AO is played in some of the toughest conditions we will see.

Davydenko has always has a great GS record but in those tournaments he has always gone under the radar or no one really expected him to win.

But with the recent streak and solid tennis, people have considered Davydenko as one of the favourites for the 1st time.

Will he live up to these expectations or wilt under the pressure and loses early?

I hope he does well but I believe Federer, Djokovic and Murray still has his number.

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Re: Can Davydenko handle the pressure of being one of the favourites for AO?

Davydenko doesn't seam like the type of guy to fall for the hype, I don't think he'll honestly believe that he's much of a favourite for AO, and he'll probably just continue playing as he always does.
He's at about 12 to win it right now, 6th in line, that's not much of a fav position.
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Re: Can Davydenko handle the pressure of being one of the favourites for AO?

Denko has been playing terrific tennis since Hamburg last year but has plently of luck as well. Obviously it has to go to an end so I wouldn't be surprised if he lost something like 6-2 4-6 7-5 6-7 3-6 between 3RD and QF in Melbourne.

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Not even during the era of Teacher , Kriek and Vilas this unidimensional clown could reach the Final in Australia

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Me thinks yeah
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he is favourite , right?
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The Russian mob will decide if his favorite for AO.
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Re: Can Davydenko handle the pressure of being one of the favourites for AO?

just nobody tell his that he's a favourit, please!

by the way, anyone seen any pressers from this tournament? the offical site is completely useless,or maybe I'm so dumb I couldn't find anything on there.

but it is interesting, I don't think he's had to face such expectations before. and I'm not quite sure he's aware of his current bandwagon either.
I think he knows what his weaknesses are (5 setters too gruelling, as is the Australian weather, was sick during the off-season etc.), so he shouldn't over-estimate own chances. or if he does, Eduard could give him some nice brotherly advice (if he's there). and I heard Irina a studied psychology.

we'll see

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Re: Can Davydenko handle the pressure of being one of the favourites for AO?

kolya more or less said that he doesn't consider himself a favourite for the AO. That in best of 3 sets matches he usually calls the shots but that things are different in best of five. He also said that the 30-something ºC heat of Melbourne doesn't suit him at all.

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kolya more or less said that he doesn't consider himself a favourite for the AO. That in best of 3 sets matches he usually calls the shots but that things are different in best of five. He also said that the 30-something ºC heat of Melbourne doesn't suit him at all.
I'd say best of 5 was more his forte. In the past few years he has suffered some shit early exits from 3 set Masters and MM events but in the slams except for Wimbledon, it's often taken a top class performance to dispatch him, or Federer at his peak.

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He isn't.

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Hey Clown, you should watch some of his volleys in the Doha final.

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Hey Clown, you should watch some of his volleys in the Doha final.
Dopindenko´s volleys were not the big shit , nothing remotely impresive

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Re: Can Davydenko handle the pressure of being one of the favourites for AO?

Anyone who considers Davydenko a favourite for the AO knows nothing about tennis.
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Re: Can Davydenko handle the pressure of being one of the favourites for AO?

Davy will not consider himself a favorite. He says before every match how he won't be able to win and that he can't play as long as the other guy. Yet more often than not he is standing at the end. He will go into Australia thinking he has no chance at winning it and is just there to make up the numbers.



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