Originally Posted by philosophicalarf
Nasty injury, not that young, really narrow margins on his shots (both net clearance, and basic timing).
Did he really change his racket, or is it a paintjob?
He's showed some signs this week of better form, the second set against Zverev, and 1st against Montanes were very much old Davy. Just can't seem to do it for a whole match, and tiebreaks atm.....
I watched that match against Zverev and it was the best tennis I have seen of Davydenko in quite a long time. But he is really far away of his level yet.
I find it hard to understand why he is finding it so difficult to return to a decent level. Bear in mind that he has not been out of the tour for such a long time (he only spent 3 months out).
He is the sort of player where timing is really important, probably more than other players, which seems to be that he is finding it at certain moments of a match according to what I watched this week. His serve is still poor and he is finding troubles to move over his forehand. And as I mentioned I think this new racket is not helping him for his tennis style.
Davydenko was a good player on clay but whose tennis suited better for hard courts. I think that he should focus back on that kind of surface first to find back his rhythm and then possibly return to play on clay again. I think that he still can play a couple of years more in a decent level and be back to a top 20 level.