Valencia QF: Simon def. Davydenko 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3
I thought it was a pretty entertaining match, but I am a baseline junkie. If there ever was a time to call an encouraging loss for Davydenko, it would be this one. If he gets a decent workout in the offseason, I expect him to hover around the top 20 still. Simon is in form, choked a few times, but he is one of the hardest players to beat when full with confidence. He should beat Marcel to get to the finals.
Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Re: Valencia QF: Simon def. Davydenko 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3
Um, the match was not good quality whatsoever. Davydenko basically is an error machine at this point. Good point, bad point, bad point, bad point, good point. He's all over the place and more downs than ups. He has no distinguishable skills at this point and he's obviously mentally cracked. He's really not that great of a player anymore. I wonder if he'll be back next season.
Simon wasn't great himself but he was solid enough and played well enough defense, mixed enough counterpunching offense and got the win. He'll need to pick it up tomorrow.
We should be appreciative of Federer though, because we will never see anything like him again. The fact he can still compete for slams ever after the erosion of his physical skills is really a greater testament to the natural talent he has than the period of time when he was dominating the tour.