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

Kolya
01-10-2010, 12:23 AM
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.

Harmless
01-10-2010, 01:02 AM
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. :shrug:

Voo de Mar
01-10-2010, 01:07 AM
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.

Bad Religion
01-10-2010, 01:14 AM
Not even during the era of Teacher , Kriek and Vilas this unidimensional clown could reach the Final in Australia

Certinfy
01-10-2010, 01:18 AM
Me thinks yeah :p

munZe konZa
01-10-2010, 01:29 AM
he is favourite , right?

teamflex
01-10-2010, 01:34 AM
The Russian mob will decide if his favorite for AO.

jaana
01-10-2010, 02:15 AM
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

abraxas21
01-10-2010, 02:22 AM
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.

rocketassist
01-10-2010, 02:44 AM
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.

Action Jackson
01-10-2010, 02:52 AM
He isn't.

Leo
01-10-2010, 03:23 AM
Not even during the era of Teacher , Kriek and Vilas this unidimensional clown could reach the Final in Australia

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

Bad Religion
01-10-2010, 03:39 AM
Hey Clown, you should watch some of his volleys in the Doha final.

Dopindenko´s volleys were not the big shit , nothing remotely impresive

Your standard is so low :o

FairWeatherFan
01-10-2010, 04:13 AM
Anyone who considers Davydenko a favourite for the AO knows nothing about tennis.

selyoink
01-10-2010, 04:25 AM
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.

Cyrus_Paice
01-10-2010, 04:48 AM
Anyone who considers Davydenko a favourite for the AO knows nothing about tennis.

How can a player who reached 4 GS SF and 9 GS QF in the last 5 years, dominated the last 3 1/2 months and is ranked #6 in the world not be among the favourites?

prima donna
01-10-2010, 04:54 AM
He isn't.
Basically.

sammy01
01-10-2010, 05:05 AM
davy was born ready :armed:

seriously though his game is so solid hes almost garenteed a qtr final. it would take him playing like a total spaz or a breath taking performance to beat him before then. as for qtrs onwards, right now it seems the big question is does he believe he can do it.

FairWeatherFan
01-10-2010, 05:11 AM
How can a player who reached 4 GS SF and 9 GS QF in the last 5 years, dominated the last 3 1/2 months and is ranked #6 in the world not be among the favourites?

Because he has shwon time and time again that he is not able to match it with the best at the very biggest stages. The results he has had recently are impressive without a doubt, but it is a big jump from them to a GS. He is a good bet for making it to the quarters or semis. A favourite for winning it? No, never.

Kolya
01-10-2010, 05:37 AM
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.

Exactly my thoughts too.

Cyrus_Paice
01-10-2010, 05:57 AM
Because he has shwon time and time again that he is not able to match it with the best at the very biggest stages. The results he has had recently are impressive without a doubt, but it is a big jump from them to a GS. He is a good bet for making it to the quarters or semis. A favourite for winning it? No, never.

You've got your point, but still. It's the first time he's won TMC (the 5th largest stage) and been the best player for 3 1/2 months. He seems to be playing better than ever.

nsidhan
01-10-2010, 06:08 AM
Yes. If doesn't face Fed or Nadal early, he could get the semis.

Davydenko underestimates himself. He is playing better than he did when he reached those 4 GS semifinals. I don't think he has a chance to win AO because of the heat and the physical toll it takes on ones body. But his best chance to win a slam is at the US Open. USO-FO-AO-Wimb in that order.

Arkulari
01-10-2010, 06:09 AM
You've got your point, but still. It's the first time he's won TMC (the 5th largest stage) and been the best player for 3 1/2 months. He seems to be playing better than ever.


yes, but it's a best of three stage, Kolya has never gone into a best of 5 final or have had to play 7 straight matches of at least three sets

Slams are a whole different animal for a reason, it's a matter of winning, learning how to curb your effort and trying to outplay/outlast a huge field, it's not the same winning a 32 draw event than a 128 one, the variety and what is at stake makes it interesting

paseo
01-10-2010, 06:46 AM
I don't think Davydenko has the stamina to win 7 5-setters in a row. Maybe, I'm way off base here, but he often looks tired in long matches. If the Doha final was a 5-setter, I think Nadal would've won it. I don't know, maybe if he make it through to the QF with a relatively short time on court, I guess he'll have a good chance. He is one of the favorites, but still below Fed, Del Potro, Nadal & Djokovic.

Cyrus_Paice
01-10-2010, 07:02 AM
yes, but it's a best of three stage, Kolya has never gone into a best of 5 final or have had to play 7 straight matches of at least three sets

Slams are a whole different animal for a reason, it's a matter of winning, learning how to curb your effort and trying to outplay/outlast a huge field, it's not the same winning a 32 draw event than a 128 one, the variety and what is at stake makes it interesting

What you say makes a lot of sense. The way I see it this is the first GS tournament with the new Davydenko. On my list he's the #2 seed.

Arkulari
01-10-2010, 07:06 AM
Kolya is definitely in the form of his life, full of confidence and playing very very well but I would still put the usual subjects ahead of him just for the fact that they know what is to play and win 7 best of five matches in a row and are always there, while Kolya has done awesomely in best of three but so far not much in best of five

If he plays like he's been doing, he definitely stands a chance and will be a worthy GS champ but he's used to run under the radar and the sudden pressure of being the "in form" player is something he's not used to, besides his age is a huge factor, he knows this is probably one of his last chances and it can either fuel him all the way through the end or make him nervous enough to miss it

sammy01
01-10-2010, 07:49 AM
if davy wins could you imagine the stick murray would get if he was the only player in the top 7 without a slam :tape:

paseo
01-10-2010, 08:05 AM
if davy wins could you imagine the stick murray would get if he was the only player in the top 7 without a slam :tape:

Hmm, tempting reason to root for Davydenko at AO :D

MIMIC
01-10-2010, 08:19 AM
I'd consider him a favorite among the dark horses (Cilic, Tsonga, Roddick, Soderling, etc.)....but not one of the favorites

LleytonMonfils
01-10-2010, 08:53 AM
Lets all be honest he doesn't belong among the favorites. Now again let's be honest, can you think of a better year for Davydenko to actually breakthrough and get to a Slam Final? There is no clear cut favorite for this tournament. Every favorite has question marks surrounding them. I wouldn't be totally shocked if he were able to do it.

Halba
01-10-2010, 10:13 AM
it will be very tough. davydenko is generally poor last few years at this level. also his draw will be reasonably tough from the beginning. he is not the favourite, only 6th at the moment but his price is shooting up every day(was about 26 2 weeks ago, now a lowly 12)

PiggyGotRoasted
01-10-2010, 10:15 AM
I dont think there is a favourite... any of the top 1 and 3 - 7 could win it tbh

Leo
01-10-2010, 02:19 PM
Dopindenko´s volleys were not the big shit , nothing remotely impresive

Your standard is so low :o

Well considering who is in your avatar we already know your standards for multi-dimensionality on a tennis court are small. :lol:

The point is not how Davydenko's volleys looked, but that he successfully won big points at net against one of the world's best passers. Something he wouldn't have been able to do 2-3 years ago, most likely. It's clearly a part of his game he's worked on. So you can keep trolling, but meanwhile people like Davydenko are working hard and doing something with their lives.

born_on_clay
01-10-2010, 08:15 PM
I hope he won't

Voo de Mar
01-27-2010, 08:14 PM
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.

Exactly my thoughts too.


We were right Kolya, but 4 not 5 :wavey:

syc23
01-27-2010, 09:31 PM
Kolya is hopeless. Should have kept his mouth shut after beating Fed 2 in a row, totally backfired on him as it added nothing but pressure on him just like Murray at last year's AO when he was seen as one of the favourites and that fired up Rafa, Fed and Djoker.

Kolya
01-28-2010, 04:27 AM
We were right Kolya, but 4 not 5 :wavey:

:lol: Thanks Voo...

Like I said after Davydenko winning the WTF, he is slightly better but is still no quite there to win against Federer when it matters.

An example of improvement is the Verdasco match, IMO the "old" Davydenko would have lost in the 5th set.

abraxas21
01-28-2010, 05:02 AM
There's no shame in losing to the GOAT.

I think I'd like seeing Denko winning RG, if possible... He just keeps on growing on me more and more. Can't help it.

fran70
01-29-2010, 12:17 AM
He was at the peak of his confidence and his tennis in his career. This was his only chance to win a GS and he never will.