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Rotterdam R2: Davydenko def. Baghdatis 6-3 6-2

alter ego
02-11-2010, 07:04 PM
Good win for Davy. Some bad UE's near the net with his FH but overall a HQ game.

rubbERR
02-11-2010, 07:05 PM
good stuff, nikolay is indoor king

oranges
02-11-2010, 07:06 PM
Niko just too good :yeah: Bagdhatis would need to be at his best to have a go today. Stay healthy Marcos, please

jaana
02-11-2010, 07:07 PM
lol, what an awful last game from the referee, but it entertained the crowd and Marcus

Kolya was ok

Seppi/Melzer next

abraxas21
02-11-2010, 07:08 PM
Kolya all the way..
Who does he play next?

nanoman
02-11-2010, 07:13 PM
Awesome hitting from Davydenko.
Seems Davydenko is starting add the slice and the dropshot to his game. His slice is already better than Nadal's.

abraxas21
02-11-2010, 07:18 PM
Awesome hitting from Davydenko.
Seems Davydenko is starting add the slice and the dropshot to his game. His slice is already better than Nadal's.

really? i haven't seen him play in this tournnament but i've noticed that in the past few months he has started to go to the net every now and then, something which used to be a total rarity in him during most of his career.

kolya is an awesome baseline hitter and it's great to hear that he might start to be become something close to an all-round player, as people say.

philosophicalarf
02-11-2010, 07:19 PM
Superb stuff from Davy. Some slight concentration wobbles, but always considerably the stronger player.

Baggy did nothing wrong, he's simply not got the game to overpower Davy on mid-midfast Deco, and defensively he's not able to cope when Davy really steps it up - no disgrace there, on a hard court only Murray or Djokovic could execute a mainly defensive gameplan against a Davy on this form, and even they'd be in trouble.

Yves.
02-11-2010, 07:25 PM
Very good match from Davydenko, totally outclassed Baggy!

Dini
02-11-2010, 07:28 PM
I wonder what the right strategy is against Davy these days? Hit hard to the middle - take away the angles? :/

He's like fine wine this Davydenko. I saw him live last year and my god that ball was pacy and so freaking accurate. He's a joy to watch in this sort of mood.

I'm a big Baghdatis fan but he didn't play an awful match at all. :shrug: Just outclassed.

Ad Wim
02-11-2010, 07:31 PM
JesusDavy for most part of the match. When this guy is on, no one can stop him these days.

Ivanatis
02-11-2010, 07:36 PM
:sad:too good

TheBoiledEgg
02-11-2010, 07:38 PM
that was pretty good stuff :bounce:
Kolya :bowdown:

philosophicalarf
02-11-2010, 07:50 PM
I wonder what the right strategy is against Davy these days? Hit hard to the middle - take away the angles? :/


Overpower him with early hitting or pure backcourt blasting :-) eg Blake, Cilic, Federer, Soderling. Less potent guys can also pull this off on the faster courts like Cincinatti, and obviously on grass.

I suppose you could also push down the centre and slice out wide on some of the low bounce indoors courts, as he does like a bit of pace to feed off (as long as it's not overwhelming), and a low flat ball gives him very small margins for error over the net. Youzhny did something like this to him in Valencia, which was playing very slow/low. Really frustrated Davy, he couldn't get his attacking game going at all.

Shirogane
02-11-2010, 08:35 PM
Good stuff Kolya. :D

Baghdatis#1
02-11-2010, 09:22 PM
Davydenko was just too good for Marcos :(
Marcos didn't even play bad, Davydenko was just on fire ;)

DrJules
02-11-2010, 10:05 PM
Davydenko continues to be the most impressive player on tour since the last US Open - not sure, but possibly the highest point scorer since the US Open.

He seriously could be a contender for the world number 1 spot if he continues this form.

Dini
02-11-2010, 10:15 PM
Overpower him with early hitting or pure backcourt blasting :-) eg Blake, Cilic, Federer, Soderling. Less potent guys can also pull this off on the faster courts like Cincinatti, and obviously on grass.

I suppose you could also push down the centre and slice out wide on some of the low bounce indoors courts, as he does like a bit of pace to feed off (as long as it's not overwhelming), and a low flat ball gives him very small margins for error over the net. Youzhny did something like this to him in Valencia, which was playing very slow/low. Really frustrated Davy, he couldn't get his attacking game going at all.

Yeah, Youzhny killed him with the slice.

I suppose making him volley on the forehand side could put him outside his comfort zone. Not an easy thing to do time and time again, though.

Beating him sometimes comes down to doing what he does, but at a higher level. You mention taking the ball early, which is exactly what Denko does. You mention backcourt blasting. Again, that's something he does. So it's a matter of a taste of his own medicine, but a stronger version.

Thing is, I struggle to see many people who could live with him from the back of the court. He's supreme in that department.

He seriously could be a contender for the world number 1 spot if he continues this form.

He still hasn't proven to be a major GS contender. :shrug:

cobalt60
02-11-2010, 10:16 PM
The quiet steamroller just keeps on rolling; amazing.

DrJules
02-11-2010, 10:25 PM
He still hasn't proven to be a major GS contender. :shrug:

True.

However, it is possibly I believe to become number 1 by winning master series, year end finals and other tournaments without winning a grand slam.

Action Jackson
02-11-2010, 10:31 PM
Overpower him with early hitting or pure backcourt blasting :-) eg Blake, Cilic, Federer, Soderling. Less potent guys can also pull this off on the faster courts like Cincinatti, and obviously on grass.

I suppose you could also push down the centre and slice out wide on some of the low bounce indoors courts, as he does like a bit of pace to feed off (as long as it's not overwhelming), and a low flat ball gives him very small margins for error over the net. Youzhny did something like this to him in Valencia, which was playing very slow/low. Really frustrated Davy, he couldn't get his attacking game going at all.

Ljubicic knows how to play him.

Action Jackson
02-11-2010, 10:33 PM
True.

However, it is possibly I believe to become number 1 by winning master series, year end finals and other tournaments without winning a grand slam.

He has to step it up in the Slams and he won't make number 1 and if he did it without winning a Slam, then he will even get less respect.

DrJules
02-11-2010, 10:41 PM
Blake 7-0 the most impressive against Davydenko.

Maybe Melzer should take note.

Getta
02-11-2010, 10:47 PM
The quiet steamroller just keeps on rolling; amazing.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_GWJatwb-WlI/SDLldEWVnhI/AAAAAAAADB4/X2dT37OJJMA/s400/davydenko_blog1.jpg


dangerously harmless this guy, Sue. ;)

DrJules
02-11-2010, 10:52 PM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_GWJatwb-WlI/SDLldEWVnhI/AAAAAAAADB4/X2dT37OJJMA/s400/davydenko_blog1.jpg


dangerously harmless this guy, Sue. ;)

Davydenko when retired.:lol::lol::lol:

MatchFederer
02-11-2010, 11:15 PM
I wonder what the right strategy is against Davy these days? Hit hard to the middle - take away the angles? :/

He's like fine wine this Davydenko. I saw him live last year and my god that ball was pacy and so freaking accurate. He's a joy to watch in this sort of mood.

I'm a big Baghdatis fan but he didn't play an awful match at all. :shrug: Just outclassed.

I would say so, more or less.

Be brave enough to hit down the line and cc on both wings when the court is signficantly more open than usual and hit across his path down court center-ish with a lot of pace to put question marks into his mind about timing the ball and to draw weak response. Also more nothingy balls down the middle.

Oh. And serve well.

That gives some chances.

edit: And under all circumstances hit with good length.

Sunset of Age
02-11-2010, 11:41 PM
I was there and can't say otherwise (yet) than that this was a near-to-perfect performance from Denko. As others have already commented, Baggy didn't play badly at all, but everything he threw at Denko, he got back at him in tenfold, including not only the kitchen sink but the complete bathroom as well. :eek: :worship:
Unless an Act of God happens in Rotterdam, I can't see anyone stopping him from reaching the final.

And oh that umpire (sorry, forgot his name) at the end of the second set... completely lost it. Hilarious. :haha:

Baghdatis72
02-12-2010, 12:36 AM
Once again amazing tennis from Kolya. Definitely favourite to win this tournament if he keeps playing like this. Bad draw for Baggy and good luck in Marseille.

cobalt60
02-12-2010, 12:45 AM
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_GWJatwb-WlI/SDLldEWVnhI/AAAAAAAADB4/X2dT37OJJMA/s400/davydenko_blog1.jpg


dangerously harmless this guy, Sue. ;)

:lol:

chowdahead25
02-12-2010, 01:42 AM
Really excellent from Kolya. If Baggy can get that first serve in and lose a little weight he will be back in the top 20.

Kolya
02-12-2010, 03:38 AM
Players whom can run balls down and change the pace of their shots trouble Davydenko the most IMO.

He chokes against them but I reckon Davydenko's level has lifted slightly against these players.

Baghdatis72
02-12-2010, 11:39 AM
Players whom can run balls down and change the pace of their shots trouble Davydenko the most IMO.

He chokes against them but I reckon Davydenko's level has lifted slightly against these players.

Yes he somehow had a breakthrough in the last 3 months.

Nr 1 Fan
02-12-2010, 05:26 PM
JesusDavy for most part of the match. When this guy is on, no one can stop him these days.

Out of the grand slams that is.