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Nikolai Davydenko

01-05-2003, 08:13 AM
he won his first atp title but i don't know what he looks like

01-05-2003, 01:02 PM
go to latest news from Adelaide, there you'll find him

01-05-2003, 03:18 PM

Nikolay Davydenko - No.4 Russian ATP Player

Congrats Nickolay, successfully won yourself the first ATP singles title in the first week of 2003!!! All the best for the rest of the year!! :)

And now, Andrei Stoliarov should be the next!!!

01-06-2003, 12:24 AM
ADELAIDE Jan. 5, 2002

Russian Goes All the Way in Adelaide
Nikolay Davydenko claims his first ATP title.

Twenty-one year old Nikolay Davydenko held off a late match fight back by Belgian qualifier Kristof Vliegen to win his first ATP title at the AAPT Championships, with a 6-2, 7-6(3) scoreline in Adelaide, Australia.
Davydenko played error free tennis right up until he served for the match leading 5 games to 4 in the second set when Vliegen regained his focus to break the Russian, conceding just one point while securing the crucial late match break. Davydenko, who had been solid from the baseline throughout the match, regained control in the final set tie breaker, losing just three points on his way to a 1 hour and 15 minute victory.

Davydenko stuck with his game plan of steady baseline play to frustrate the 20-year-old Vliegen, who showed the signs of pressure of playing in his first ATP final. Vliegen's aggressive game produced too many errors at critical times and Davydenko took full advantage.

Davydenko's first serve found the target 76 percent of the time, making it difficult for the hard hitting Vliegen to put pressure on his service games and some timely passing shots from the baseline put the heat on Vliegen when he approached the net.


Davydenko: "I tried to concentrate hard in the final and I tried to play at full pace and make no mistakes. I could see he had trouble concentrating when I hit a lot of balls during a point. I did get a little nervous when I was serving for the match at 5-4, but I relaxed again in the tie breaker.
"I'm very happy. It's great to win my first ATP title because some players in the top 100 never get a tournament title. Now I want to keep coming up."

Vliegen: " I think I felt a little bit nervous but he wasn't an easy guy to play. I'm a tall guy and I wasn't moving so fast from the back of the court so I think tactically he played pretty good for the whole match. It was frustrating but I kept on fighting the whole second set even when I was a down a break at 4-5. I think he got a little bit nervous there and he missed his first two forehands for the whole match.

"I had to go for my shots because on every point he would never miss a ball. I needed a bit of luck but he was the better player today. But even after losing the final today it is good for me because now I know what I have to work on."


I also posted some articles in the Adelaide forum :) Congrats to Nikolay!! It's always nice to have a winning Russian ;)

01-16-2003, 03:28 PM
He's really cute on that picture.. Thanks! :)

01-16-2003, 06:23 PM
Kolya on the rise :)

wish he had won his 1st rd match too in Melbourne :(

but still he's got a title already in 2003 :D

02-10-2003, 03:49 AM
Well Done, Nikolai!!! Another young Russian hero in Davis Cup!!


02-10-2003, 11:30 AM
Russian tennis players are going to conquer tennis more than the Americans did.!!!

02-18-2003, 06:17 AM
Oh.... Nikolai just suffered from a left wrist injury and forced to retire from the match against M.Norman when he won the 1st set 6-4...... I hope its not too serious!!!

Get well soon!!!

02-19-2003, 08:52 AM
i just learned the Nikolai was born in the Ukraine and lived most of his life in Germany but chose to represent Russia.?!?!

02-23-2003, 02:07 AM

INJURY UPDATE…Russia's NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO will be out for at least six weeks after fracturing his left wrist during his first round match in Memphis against MAGNUS NORMAN. Davydenko was leading 5-2 when he slipped and fell on his wrist. After treatment from ATP trainer Bill Norris, he went on to win the set 6-4, but could not continue. An X-ray on Tuesday confirmed the fracture.

Get well soon, Nikolay! :(

02-24-2003, 12:50 PM
Get Well soon, Nikolai!!! Its such a shame as he is doing so well so far in 2003, and this injury has to stop him to play the masters series...... :(

05-20-2004, 06:42 PM
What happened to Davydenko today? he lost against Sanchez 6-3,1-6 ?

06-07-2004, 10:18 AM
oh too bad...:(

01-22-2005, 10:31 AM
is kolya married?? he looks much older than his age to me, and can't quite believe that marat's older than him indeed

01-24-2005, 03:47 AM
i cant believe what i post sometimes

but good luck to nikolai against roddick in AO05

01-26-2005, 09:46 AM
anyway congrats Kolya on great tournament :yeah:

01-30-2005, 12:55 PM
Great tourney :D

04-22-2005, 05:39 PM
N. Davydenko's just beaten Max Mirnyi to make it to the semis. Good luck

05-20-2005, 03:49 PM
a few pics of nikolai in the quarterfinal of Rotterdam 2005 :) made by me ;) :

05-22-2005, 10:08 AM
:confused: :confused: i know there are so few fans concerned on davydenko, here is so! :scratch: :scratch:

but it doesn't matter at all. for he is such a no-flaunt player at atp but i like him so much. i like his play on the court and i find his eyes is so clear and bright at press even there si so few from him :aparty: :aparty:

i am new this site, i will be glad to meet someone here to talk about nicolay :banana: :music: :bounce:

come on together

05-22-2005, 10:22 AM
the pics are taken yesterday (5/21) nicolay beated malzer and got the first title of this year in St.polten, congratulations

05-22-2005, 10:28 AM
Go Kolya :worship:

05-28-2005, 07:31 PM
hi i'm a new fan to Kolya :wavey:

he won third round at French Open 7-5 6-0 6-0 over Haas :)
next round against Coria, good luck Nikolai :bounce:

05-28-2005, 10:39 PM
Gospodin Davydenko udachi!
I have a fantasy: Nikolai popping 'out of nowhere' (as most of the people don't know him) and biting everyone in the tournament on the ass... Winning it...

05-29-2005, 02:28 AM
He is winning alot of people money @ RG who have done research on his 05 clay results.

05-29-2005, 02:12 PM
yeah, nicolay will meet coria tomorrow, though i like to watch coria play too, i still hope that nicolay can beat him, why not?
i believe in him, even though maybe nicolay would not into the last round, beat coria is a daydream? o~`of course not, maybe, who knows?
so, nicolay, go ahead, go ahead, to beat coria

05-29-2005, 02:16 PM
these pics are from RG:
sorry that just some ones, for all over the world by the language english sites, his pics are so few :eek: :( :confused:

05-30-2005, 11:58 AM
hi, everyone here, i am watching the match between nicolay and coria, i believe in him so much though the 1st set he lost easily , i think his play on court is more and more familiar, and in the 2nd set, he broke coria's game twice, he played so aggressive and his appearance was so calm that i am not nervous at all and enjoy his play.
and coria is a little bit worried and said so so much, i don't know what he said at all, ^_^

05-30-2005, 12:06 PM

nicolay broke coria's game first in the 3rd set, how good he is and how well he did ^_^

05-30-2005, 12:25 PM
nicolay was broken at the 4th game, take it easy, go ahead!

05-30-2005, 01:16 PM
why am i not worried, i don't know,^_^

nicolay was so so wonderful, how many set points he has saved in the 3rd set! he is a strong man, i like him better!

in the tb, gave coria 7-1? yeah! coria is a clay player, then, o~~~~, good davy!

05-30-2005, 01:18 PM
higher, higher, higher....

in the 4th set, davy broke first, wo~~~~

05-30-2005, 01:35 PM
:p :p when davy played well, his pics can be found early :wavey: :wavey: :worship:

now i have found these:

05-30-2005, 01:47 PM
:devil: :devil: :devil: what a remarkable ending of this match!!!
davy broke coria's serve game with -15 :worship: :worship: :worship:
and down out coria, the last runner-up and into the top 8 :angel: :angel: :angel:
when i saw him smile, just like a boy, o~~~~, i like him more and more.....

hope that safin will meet with him, though i will be so difficult to make a dicision whether to support :(:(

05-30-2005, 02:19 PM
Kolya :bowdown: :bowdown:
an amazing year for him so far. Australian Open quatersfinalist and now FO :):D

05-30-2005, 02:29 PM
Five, u r right :D :) :devil:

this year, he makes me so happy, now even if safin will meet him and beat him, i still think him good enough, i am so eager to watch his plays the coming months :wavey: :wavey: :worship: :worship:

05-30-2005, 02:36 PM
why not paint the pix from getty here? omg :mad: :mad: :confused:

05-30-2005, 02:50 PM

05-30-2005, 05:15 PM
Davai Nikolai

05-30-2005, 05:25 PM
from the official site:

05-30-2005, 05:30 PM

05-30-2005, 06:41 PM
Great win :D :)

05-30-2005, 07:13 PM

I was so excited to see that Davydenko beat Coria!!!

I guess he meets Robredo next...

05-30-2005, 10:08 PM
New fan of Kolya here!!! I wish him good luck for the next round against Robredo!

05-31-2005, 03:06 AM
Best of luck to Kolya in the quaters :worship: :bounce:
You can do it :) :kiss:

05-31-2005, 03:17 AM
now that marat is gone, i would love to see kolya go all the way!!!!

05-31-2005, 03:31 AM
I really like Kolya's chances to go far here :)
Do you best Kolya :worship: :worship:

05-31-2005, 07:51 AM
i have comeback from the lost of my marat,

now needn't any struggle

i will give my most support to our nikki, he can, he can, of course he can

next round, i will watch his match still, and you?

05-31-2005, 07:59 AM
I echo the above sentiments in saying Davy has a good chance vs Robredo.

05-31-2005, 07:59 AM
and five,

would you like to do me a favor ? tell me that in russian, what is the meaning of your name for davy "kolya"? thk u so so much

05-31-2005, 08:00 AM

This says it means the same as in English.

05-31-2005, 03:02 PM
and five,

would you like to do me a favor ? tell me that in russian, what is the meaning of your name for davy "kolya"? thk u so so much
Linus, every Russian name has a variety of forms used to express different kinds of emotions. Kolya is a shortened form of Nikolai which is neutral or used in relationships with friends :):
Nikolai - Kolya
Mikhail- Misha
Svetlana - Sveta
Elena -Lena
Nadezhda- Nadia
Anastasia Myskina - Nastya
Form of affection of Nikolai is Kolenka :o. You can call him Kolenka if you're his girlfriend, a member of his family or someone very close to him :o.
But it's not the end. The unceremonious, vulgar form of Nikolai is Kolka or Kolian (Kolyan). It is quite impolite but o.k within the family or between children or adult friends.

About the meaning of Nikolai, I actually have no idea :o :tape:. But according to this site Nikolai means ''the winner of the peoples" :o
So I hope in the next few days Kolya will be the winner too. Go Kolya :bounce: :bounce:

05-31-2005, 05:48 PM
kiss five, kiss five :smooch: :smooch: :smooch:

i am now clear, ok, call him kolya

frankly speaking, i most want to call him kolenka :haha: :haha: :haha:
but everyone knows it can just be posted here :secret: :secret: :bigclap: :bigclap:

the match beat coria, in the stand i saw his elder brother and the brother's wife in blue-green coat, they kissed each other after our kolya won the match-point, :smooch: :smooch: :smooch:

within less than twenty hours, our kolya will go into the court against robredo, go ahead, kolya, to beat him, to let our down heart for marat up again and then your into the semifinals, o~~~~~~ remarkable

06-01-2005, 04:52 AM
within less than twenty hours, our kolya will go into the court against robredo, go ahead, kolya, to beat him, to let our down heart for marat up again and then your into the semifinals, o~~~~~~ remarkable
:dance: :dance: :dance:

06-01-2005, 03:13 PM
He lost the first set 3-6 after wasting 3 BPs at the last game :sad:
But he bounces back to take the second set 6-1 :banana:

06-01-2005, 03:43 PM
He won the third set 6-2 with 2 breaks :banana:
Keep going Kolya :bounce: :bounce: :bigclap: :bigclap:

06-01-2005, 03:46 PM
:devil: :devil: i watched his match so carefully

it is like the last match vs coria so much, :devil: :wavey: :wavey:

i think he will take the win not far :angel: :angel: :angel:

06-01-2005, 03:48 PM
:bounce: :bounce: tommy is not good enough to fight against kolya

06-01-2005, 03:58 PM
omg, this game is so so difficult for kolya

but take it easy, my kolya, have more chances

just let himself calm down

the two df are so so sad :smash: :smash: but i think he was so eager to win the match

i believe in him, he was so strong on the court also in mind :devil: :devil:

06-01-2005, 04:05 PM
Kolya is playing great tennis. Hopefully he can finish this match in 4 sets :scared:

06-01-2005, 04:06 PM
:bounce: :bounce: kolya is good, he looks so slim but has a strong mind :yeah: :yeah:
now he has taken back the serve with the same level
well down, and insist his rhythm ~~~~go~~~~~~

06-01-2005, 04:08 PM
oh, be patient, my guy

06-01-2005, 04:17 PM
his doublefault is so scaring that i hardly fell down from the chair o~~~~

we must give him a bit more strength to hold him up with his serve ^_^

06-01-2005, 04:22 PM
yes 6 DFs already :scared: :unsure:
He's now a break up in the fourth set. Hold on Kolya and finish it off :bounce:

06-01-2005, 04:25 PM
Robredo broke back :sad: 4-4 now :mad:

06-01-2005, 04:26 PM
a little worry serve game :(

but take it easy once more, kolya, you can, no problem

the best result is that: break the game and win his own serve game

haha haha

06-01-2005, 04:32 PM
oh damn he lost the fourth set 4-6 :sad:
things look very difficult now :sad:

06-01-2005, 04:34 PM
omg :scared: :scared: :scared:

kolya was too worried to go ahead with a fluent path to walk

but never mind, hold yourself tightly

there is nothing to lose :D ;) :)

06-01-2005, 04:38 PM
in the decided set, if he can break first, i think the things will be easy

and tommy will fight more tightly but the chances are exactly born

hope that kolya can catch them, maybe it depends on some luck

oh, let us do, good luck!

06-01-2005, 04:39 PM
early break for Kolya in the fifth set :)
but can he hold on?

06-01-2005, 04:49 PM
tommy is putting more pressure on kolya's shoulders

to beat him down, kolya

06-01-2005, 05:00 PM
now ankylose

good luck to kolya

06-01-2005, 05:08 PM
Break for the match Kolya :)
Come on, you can do it :bounce:

06-01-2005, 05:08 PM
DF, 2 more pts Kolya
Don't waste this golden chance :unsure:

06-01-2005, 05:08 PM
my good guy, now 5-3 lead

and the serve will be the last one?

i hope so, kolya, go ahead, do better,
if you can, i can go to bed early too, ^_^^_^

06-01-2005, 05:09 PM
the match point

06-01-2005, 05:09 PM
2MPs Kolya :bounce:
Take one of them :unsure:

06-01-2005, 05:10 PM
one saved :scared: :unsure:

06-01-2005, 05:10 PM
Deuce :sad: :bigcry:

06-01-2005, 05:10 PM
take the other

06-01-2005, 05:11 PM
don't lose faith and hold on

06-01-2005, 05:12 PM
ADv Robredo
back to deuce :scared:

06-01-2005, 05:12 PM
MP#3 :bounce:
Take it Kolya :bowdown: :bowdown:

06-01-2005, 05:12 PM
Deuce :( :(

06-01-2005, 05:13 PM
lose the 3rd mp

06-01-2005, 05:14 PM
GP :(:(

06-01-2005, 05:15 PM
Kolya to serve for the match :scared:
serve it out Kolya :banana:

06-01-2005, 05:15 PM
nothing to lose

catch the serve well, ok?

06-01-2005, 05:23 PM
good guy, good guy, good guy, good guy

06-01-2005, 05:25 PM
omg omg he did it :woohoo: :woohoo:
I was so nervous when he serving for the match at 15-40 :( :banghead:
but he won the last 4 points to take the match :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
I really expected from him a total meltdown in the fifth set 'cause he didn't take advantage when up with a break in the fourth set :banghead:
I'm so happy right now :D :yippee: :woohoo: :aparty: :bowdown: :worship: :) :drive:

06-01-2005, 05:26 PM
:smooch: :smooch: :smooch:
my kolenka(right?) like him more and more

but a little bit worry about his energy, but puerta has used his too much also

anyway, push kolya into the final :drive: :drive: :drive:

06-01-2005, 05:26 PM
Kolya in his first GS semifinals ever :D :)
Go Kolya. You can go further :hug:

06-01-2005, 05:28 PM
kiss five too :smooch: :smooch: :smooch:

goodnight :zzz: :zzz: :zzz:

next day let's do some pics :bigwave: :bigwave:

06-01-2005, 05:31 PM
WAY TO GO DAVYDENKO!!! :woohoo: :bigclap: Very impressive win over Robredo today. I hope he makes the finals.

06-01-2005, 05:40 PM
Pics :)

06-01-2005, 05:40 PM
From today's match :)

06-01-2005, 05:41 PM

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06-01-2005, 08:23 PM
INTO the SF at RG. Great performance :D

06-01-2005, 09:16 PM
Congrats Kolya!!! Good luck for SF match!

06-01-2005, 09:19 PM
More pics:

06-01-2005, 09:20 PM
And interview:

Q. Can you just express your feelings at being in the semifinals of the French Open.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, feeling is, I don't know. Like, after the match is like really tired. No feeling.

Tomorrow I have birthday, 24, and we'll see. Tomorrow, okay, no match. Day off for me is good. Because I do my present now from my brother here today. He is 35 and I won today match. Still reach semifinal. For him is good present.

Q. The day after your birthday, you play for a place in the final. Big news, huh?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah. Is good for me I didn't play my match in my birthday. If I lose, I really don't like in my birthday to play tennis.

Q. Can you now go all the way?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Now it's, okay, like feeling something happy, yes. Because first time in a semifinal in a Grand Slam. I reach Top 10 now in ranking. In next week, it's for me okay, it's good and important because in the next tournament, I already in Top 10, like seeding in next tournament is also good.

Q. What would you say about Tommy Robredo? The kind of play that he has. What was the key of the match in your opinion?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Key, it was fighting, fighting. Like try to fight every ball. Just try to do something what you can do. Because Robredo play well from baseline. He just could move. He play ‑‑ I don't know. After third set, I thinking I win after like 4‑3 for me, was in my serving. But after this game, he play unbelievable. He win ‑‑ he make all winners. He make 4‑All and then he play good.

I really like get impression of me and was difficult something to find. And was like 6‑4, I didn't thinking about like, okay, fifth set started. But and then like 2‑Love for me, I think, "Okay, is better now."

Then like good, long rally. Then I was really tired. Like he was really difficult then to play.

Then he play good. He move good. Just try to keep games. And was for me surprising. I don't feeling anything. I think I lose then like 6‑2, after like was 2‑All. Then I couldn't do anything.

He could make topspin everywhere. I was too much ‑‑ I moving everywhere. It was every point, like feeling I was tired, tired. And then like I feeling bad. And thinking about, "Okay, now is not my day."

But then like I tried some concentration my serve like about 3‑2 and make 3‑All. It was something ‑ I don't know ‑ like last maximum what I get power in my body, just try to keep, like, because if I lose, okay. I have the day off then, okay? Tomorrow also I have day off. But I do something to do maximum for tonight in the fifth set, and I did like in my last points.

Q. You lost the first set. You lost the first set with Rochus. You lost the first set with Coria. You have some problem to start the game or what?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, maybe in the head, you know. It's not like problem. Like I come into the match, I don't like feeling not so good player. I really play like bad. Started to like concentration more, good more ‑‑ take more like power.

Because like Robredo play good. Everybody play good. Started the first set running and everything. For me was difficult something to get control in the ball.

Second set, is like I play the same, little bit more concentration. That's it. I keep winning. It's more. It's good.

Q. Could you tell us a little bit about your racquet. You have a new racquet for the last three weeks.


Q. This racquet is really okay, obviously?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah. Like change in Hamburg. Already like two days before Hamburg. Just try to like play in clay court. Is good racquet for the clay. Like play semifinal, like testing, was semifinal Hamburg. Test good.

Then I think it was not so many matches on the circuit. I keep go to the St. Polten, win St. Polten good. I say, "Okay. Okay." Testing in Roland Garros. Now in the semifinal in Roland Garros. We'll see the test in Wimbledon (laughing).

Q. So you are going to play a lefty. Do you like to play a left‑handed player?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Not really so like. But is clay court. Is not like indoor where make only serve, you know.

But against Puerta I play in Hamburg. He play well. He is good like everything from baseline. Tries good topspin to make from everywhere. It's okay. We'll see. Because in Hamburg I play well against Puerta. We'll see how I play in the semifinal here.

Q. Why do you think we're seeing so many great players come out of Russia right now? What's drawing their interest to tennis?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: But I don't think about women tennis because is another sport, I tell you already.

Just men's, yeah. We have now top only four guys instead Top 50.

I don't want to say about WTA tennis. It's different, you know. It's like can't be not Russian. Can't be Argentinian. Like why so many Argentinian men tennis, yeah?

It's like ‑‑ the question is difficult. I don't know why is Russian women play more tennis like no man.

But we have good chance. We are now good guys, four in team in Davis Cup. We play against French and in Moscow. We have good win ‑‑ should be we have to win there, because we are top fit now for the clay court season.

Q. A question beside the game. Do you still live in Germany? Do you still train there?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, my brother live in Germany. Because why is like I stay by him because practice every time if I have ‑‑ because I play 30 tournament a year. If I have some time, like few days, I go to him, to Germany, and practice there. Just take rest little bit.

Q. And it's where exactly? Where is it exactly?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, it's near from Trier, like from around Luxembourg. It's ‑‑ I mean, it's nice place.

Q. Did you get any advice at all from Marat before the match?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I didn't see him.

Q. You haven't seen him at all?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: No. No, nobody see him. Losing match and he's already in Moscow, should be.

Q. Okay. How surprised are you to be in the semifinals?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Hmm... yeah (smiling). Surprise is good questions.

Q. What do you think the answer is? Why are you there?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Why I am in semifinal?

Q. Yeah.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Is thinking also why was ‑‑ why ‑‑ okay, why I won last week tournament also? You know, why before I get semifinal Hamburg? Good questions also.

Q. But this is a Grand Slam, which is different.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, but the same guys, you know. Okay, only five sets you play, but everything the same.

You know, you need to be ‑‑ yeah, you need to be top fit for the five sets. But everything the same. Tennis the same. If you there good, why you need to play bad here? Okay, sometimes you play good and then bad. But in some tournament you beat these guy, why you can't beat here, you know, also?

Q. What was happening on where you coming from? You were in the Olympic school. What's happening over there?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Right in ‑‑ Volgograd.

Q. Is the good plan for the sportsman?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: In Volgograd, it's was only swimming is good, you know, for Olympics. But tennis, it was difficult. In Russia, you know, it's a season. Outdoor, it's not so long like indoor. They have indoor courts more. Like fast surface. We have not so good clay courts or outdoor hard court like some tennis clubs. It's difficult to practice in the Moscow.

Like if I want to go to Volgograd, I need to fly to the Moscow three hours and then two hours to the Volgograd. It's completely different. From Europe it's easy to go everywhere. For me, staying in Russia and something to practice there, it's really difficult.

Q. I don't think I really heard an answer on why you think you've emerged recently and been doing so well. Could you reflect on that, please.


Q. Why have you had such good results recently?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Is the same like questions why I reach semifinal, why I'm good stay in semifinal.

I don't know. It's good questions, but I cannot tell you why I'm now here in semifinal. Because we will see in the future. Only three weeks I play good. Maybe then I play bad.

You know, it's not ‑‑ for me, I am really happy. Tonight I stay in like already semifinal. I want to like wake up tomorrow and thinking, "Okay, I have day off. I have my birthday. I am 24." Like feeling everything perfect. You know, not like thinking about for the semifinal here and then I win or lose and then I go to next tournament.

Q. Ljubicic obviously was very hot in the beginning of the year. Do some players just really get into a kind of zone, really get into a good place in their game at certain times?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I don't know. I don't, like, looking about who is play good, who is bad player. But, you know, like Nadal also started play well, you know, from this year. He keep winning everything, you know. He didn't ‑‑ no losing matches, yeah. But Federer play already second year good, yeah? Like he beat everybody.

You know, sometimes, you know, like new guys coming and try to like to win also, you know. Like everybody to beat. But you can't be ‑‑ you can't beat everybody every tournament every week. It's difficult.

It's everywhere you get problem because, you know, different surface, different balls. And it was ‑‑ I can't tell ‑‑ okay, now was three weeks for me in the road, it was good. It was clay court. Like balls was good. Roland Garros. I play every year here, like I like these balls. For me, was good.

Q. Nevertheless, I think this is probably your best year in your young career. Do you see any difference in comparison with the other years, for example? Can you make any point where you think, "Okay, I made a stamp with my game or with my movement or with your fitness," or with anything that's different from the other years?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, okay, is okay. The best result now in this year. But last year I was started like finishing end of year like 28. Now already I reach Top 10. It's good ranking, yeah.

Like you ‑‑ every time if I play tennis, like my coach say, "You need to be like thinking in the futures." Because not ‑‑ if you lose or win today, you need to work for the next day, for the next tournament, for everything, for the like next year.

And this is more important because, like, I don't know. I just play. Coach say me what I need to do and what I like ‑‑ how I need to practice or what I need to feeling. That's it.

06-02-2005, 01:26 AM
:aparty: :aparty: :rolls: :rolls: :music: :rocker2: :rocker: :banana: :nerner: :hatoff: :yeah: :dance: :haha:

happy birthday to our kolenka

06-02-2005, 01:27 AM
oh, no, i must post it with a new thread and make our kolya wide ^_^^_^

06-02-2005, 01:29 AM
Q. Okay. How surprised are you to be in the semifinals?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Hmm... yeah (smiling). Surprise is good questions.

Q. What do you think the answer is? Why are you there?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Why I am in semifinal?

Q. Yeah.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Is thinking also why was ‑‑ why ‑‑ okay, why I won last week tournament also? You know, why before I get semifinal Hamburg? Good questions also.

Q. But this is a Grand Slam, which is different.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, but the same guys, you know. Okay, only five sets you play, but everything the same.

You know, you need to be ‑‑ yeah, you need to be top fit for the five sets. But everything the same. Tennis the same. If you there good, why you need to play bad here? Okay, sometimes you play good and then bad. But in some tournament you beat these guy, why you can't beat here, you know, also?

Nice of them to act like it's such a surprize for him to make it this far... :rolleyes:
I like his response though :)

06-02-2005, 02:45 AM
a report from Reuters

Davydenko sets up semi-final against Puerta
2005-06-01 18:23:31 GMT (Reuters)

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) - Russia's Nikolay Davydenko outgunned Spaniard Tommy Robredo 3-6 6-1 6-2 4-6 6-4 in a tight contest on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the French Open.

Davydenko, the 12th seed, will now meet unseeded Mariano Puerta, who won the battle of the Argentines when he beat Guillermo Canas 6-2 3-6 1-6 6-3 6-4 earlier in the day.

The Russian, who turns 24 on Thursday, advanced to the semi-finals of a grand slam tournament for the first time and made sure of entering the top 10 when the new rankings are released on Monday.

"First time in the semi-finals of a grand slam, first time in the top 10 -- this is my birthday present," he said.

"Right now I'm tired but tomorrow I'll realise what has happened and it will feel good."

The two players, who struggled to hold serve throughout the match, had traded early breaks in the decisive set before Davydenko managed the telling one in the seventh game.

Robredo, seeded 15th, survived three match points on his serve two games later but the Russian then served for the match and earned a fourth, with the Spaniard hitting a forehand wide to bow out after three hours and 18 minutes of play.

A quarter-finalist at this year' Australian Open, Davydenko had never progressed beyond the second round in four previous visits to Roland Garros.

However, the Russian with the fierce two-handed backhand had warned he could be dangerous when he ousted last year's runner-up Guillermo Coria of Argentina in the previous round.

Robredo, a quarter-finalist here two years ago, failed to disappoint the Russian fans yet again having beaten Marat Safin in five sets in the fourth round.

The 23-year-old Spaniard lived up to his reputation as a fighter but Davydenko never gave up and came out on top.

"I had to fight for every ball," said the Russian. "He's better than me from the baseline so it was real tough."

06-02-2005, 04:10 AM
i think that this thread should be among the list of marat safin and youzhny

06-02-2005, 04:44 AM
Robredo, a quarter-finalist here two years ago, failed to disappoint the Russian fans yet again having beaten Marat Safin in five sets in the fourth round.

I like this sentence :bounce: :bounce:

06-02-2005, 05:35 AM
Давыденко впервые в своей карьере вышел в полуфинал Roland Garros

Россиянин Николай Давыденко сделал себе хороший подарок накануне 24-летия, впервые в своей карьере пробившись в полуфинал Открытого чемпионата Франции по теннису, который проходит в эти дни на парижских кортах Roland Garros. В предыдущие годы Давыденко никогда не проходил дальше второго круга этого престижного турнира.

В среду в четвертьфинальном матче турнира россиянин со счетом 3:6, 6:1, 6:2, 4:6, 6:4 обыграл обидчика Марата Сафина 23-летнего испанца Томми Робредо. Матч продолжался более трех часов. В пятом, решающем сете при счете 5:3 в Робредо сумел отыграть три матчбола, но все же капитулировал.

В полуфинале Открытого чемпионата Франции ему предстоит встретиться с 26-летним аргентинцем Мариано Пуэртой, который в среду обыграл своего соотечественника Гильермо Каньяса. Во втором полуфинале Roland Garros сразятся Роджер Федерер из Швейцарии и испанец Рафаэль Надаль.

06-02-2005, 12:52 PM
Five, you post a report in russian, i am reading it just like one flying in the sky, wo~~~~

but thanks to natas81 for offering a translator-site, i have known the basic meaning of it,

so i must thank you as well, for your care for kolya and i am so happy on his birthday

06-02-2005, 02:37 PM
do me a favor to send a report on his match def coria from rueters, maybe it is late ;) :p

06-03-2005, 03:04 AM
an article new just before kolya's match against puerta in the roland garros office site :) :p ;) :devil: :worship: :wavey:

{Davydenko: the other Russian
By Benjamin Adler
Thursday, June 2, 2005

The hard-hitting Russian in the semis at this year's French Open is not Marat Safin but lesser known compatriot Nikolay Davydenko. After wins over last year's finalist Guillermo Coria in the last sixteen and Tommy Robredo in the quarters, the world No 12 is on the threshold of his first Grand Slam final.

The win over Coria confirmed the 24 year-olds impressive form this season: he followed a quarter final berth in the Australian Open with semi-final finishes in Barcelona and Hamburg before winning in Sankt Poelten.

The shy native of Severodonezk in the Ukraine now looks to be a contender for the Masters Cup at season's end. "I'm playing well at the moment but I still have to go out and prove myself everyday. I can still do better, my game is far from perfect" he says.

Born on 2 June 1981 in the Ukraine, at just 11 Nikolay left his parents Vladimir and Tatjana behind to live with his elder brother Edouard in Volgograd. At the time, Russia seemed to offer more opportunities for a would-be tennis pro he explains to the hoards of journalists who gathered after his quarter-final win. "I stayed 4 years in Russia. Edouard worked as a tennis coach for kids and we practiced together. He pushed me pretty hard. At 15 we left for Germany. A Russian who lived there convinced Edouard it would be better for me. In Europe I could play more tournaments than in Russia."

Aussie breakthrough

Although he would be 18 before he was granted Russian citizenship, the now Monaco resident soon defended his adopted country's colours in the Davis Cup. After his 4th ATP tour win in Moscow in 2004 he was warmly congratulated by former president and tennis aficionado Boris Eltsine.

A pro since 1999, Nikolay first caught the public eye when he took a set off Pat Rafter in the second round at the Australian Open. He also won his first ATP tour victory in Australia in 2003 in Adelaïde. In three years he has climbed out of Marat Safin's shodow from 85th to 12th in the world rankings. And he will surely climb even higher if he overcomes unseeded Mariano Puerto on Friday to reach the French Open final on what is his favourite surface.}

06-03-2005, 06:20 AM
Thanks linus ;) ;) ;)
4 hours 40 minutes left til Kolya's match. This is the biggest match of his career.
Allez Kolya :dance: :dance:

06-03-2005, 10:41 AM
the match will be on soon, god bless my kolya

06-03-2005, 11:04 AM
Il pleut sur Paris :sad: :mad:

06-03-2005, 11:05 AM
rain = slow court= :scared:

06-03-2005, 11:20 AM
^_^ =delay

06-03-2005, 01:17 PM
he lost first set 3-6 :sad:
Fight Kolya :mad: :fiery:

06-03-2005, 01:22 PM
the first set kolya played just so-so

when he broke first, i said to mum that maybe he would get into the situation fast this time, but omg, he made more uf than puerta,

but take it easy, as before, kolya is a slow-beginning player, hold on, and beat puerta

06-03-2005, 01:25 PM
I hope so. Too many UEs in the first set :o :tape:

06-03-2005, 01:34 PM
puerta looks so strong, much than kolya, o~~~

but he played the match too expended,

kolya, hold tight up and his serve game is so good now^_^^_^

06-03-2005, 02:09 PM
Kolya took the second set 7-5 on 2nd set point :)
The second set looks better. Keep going like that Kolya :bounce: :bounce:

06-03-2005, 02:12 PM
puerta's 1st serve so so bad, too bad, and turn to him to make more mistakes ^_^

06-03-2005, 02:18 PM
:devil: :devil: :devil:
kolya break first in the 3rd set, seems that he has found the match rhyme :angel: :angel:

06-03-2005, 02:28 PM
Kolya leads 4-1 in the third set.
Allez Kolya :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

06-03-2005, 02:29 PM
:devil: :devil: :devil:

i need kolya to break once again :worship: :worship: :worship:

06-03-2005, 02:31 PM
Kolya 5-1 :banana: :banana:

06-03-2005, 02:32 PM
:devil: :devil: :devil:

i need kolya to break once again :worship: :worship: :worship:
he heard you :worship: :worship: :worship:

06-03-2005, 02:32 PM
so wonderfully :devil: :devil: :devil: kolya is playing

06-03-2005, 02:34 PM
5-2 :( :(
broken when serving for set :( :mad:
break for the set now Kolya :bounce: :bounce:

06-03-2005, 02:35 PM
but i don't ask him to give a hand to puerta,
and you?
of course not,
kolya, be concentrated

06-03-2005, 02:43 PM
OMG OMG this time he heard me :bowdown: :bowdown:
he breaks to take the third set 6-2 :worship: :worship:
it's a better idea 'cause he can serve first in fourth set :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:
Allez Kolya :banana:

06-03-2005, 02:45 PM
:devil: :devil: :devil:

five, your turn this time, he broke again just for you

:devil: :devil: :devil: we are lucky both :wavey: :wavey: :wavey:

the 4th set, kolya serve first, hope that he can serve well enough and put more pressure in puerta's

maybe today he doesn't need to play a five-set match

god bless him and have you seen his three-family in the stand? :p :p

06-03-2005, 02:53 PM
oh damn he got broken :( :(
he hasn't saved a break point yet :o :tape:
looks like the fifth set is coming :fiery: :fiery:

06-03-2005, 02:54 PM
omg, it is his typical problem, but also russian guy's, :eek: :eek: to slip away for a while when lead ahead, no~no~no~

be broken at first, it doesn't matter, kolya, break back again and run~run~run~but not worry

06-03-2005, 02:56 PM
and he broke back to love :worship: :worship: :worship: 2-2

06-03-2005, 02:58 PM
:devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:

puerta must say to himself"is the guy real a russian?" :confused: :confused:

06-03-2005, 02:59 PM
followed by a hold at love :worship: :worship: :worship:
break again Kolya :bounce: :bounce:

06-03-2005, 03:16 PM
how typical :sad: :bigcry:
the fifth set is never a good idea :bigcry: :bigcry:

06-03-2005, 03:22 PM
i think it is the time for kolya to make up his mind to pull himself back from the fall behind now

break straight

06-03-2005, 03:26 PM
the decisive set run into, omg~~~~~

06-03-2005, 03:36 PM
it's almost over now. he's choking as usual :shrug:

06-03-2005, 03:36 PM
I can't understand why he can choke away the match so easily :fiery: :mad:

06-03-2005, 03:39 PM
No, he is still fighting. He held for 2-1 lead after saving 2 bps :scared:
Now break him Kolya :scared: :unsure:

06-03-2005, 03:46 PM
too many errors :( :( :(

06-03-2005, 03:47 PM
it is usual feeling when watch the russian guys playing, i have been used :eek: :eek: :sad:

anyway, bless kolya, serve self well and and, must break with any ways,

break, you can, you do, you win :cool: :cool:

06-03-2005, 03:48 PM
brea him this time Kolya
Go, go go I know you can :bounce: :bounce:

06-03-2005, 03:52 PM
thanks to god,

kolya, hold tight! pls, serve well and break again, pls

06-03-2005, 03:53 PM
15-40 on serve :o :tape:

06-03-2005, 03:54 PM

06-03-2005, 03:55 PM
the only thing kolya can do and must do is to break and break

time is passing so so quickly, kolya, break

06-03-2005, 03:59 PM
now back to the balance again

nothing to lose, kolya

06-03-2005, 04:00 PM
it's almost over :sad:

06-03-2005, 04:00 PM
nice choke Kolya :fiery: :smash:

06-03-2005, 04:09 PM
over, over,

kolya can't succeed in going further

how pity,

i am so so sad but won't carp at him

he has achieve himself so successfully

goodbye to roland garros, see next year and have a good time here

06-04-2005, 03:18 AM
interview after lost to puerta with video (

as i thought then, kolya must be tired out! so no blame on him

next tournament is halle, good luck!

06-04-2005, 03:22 AM
They Finally made him a section!!!!!!!!!!

06-04-2005, 02:31 PM
Yay! There's a Davydenko sub-forum!!! :D

As sad as I was about the loss to Puerta, I'd still say making it to the semi-finals at Roland Garros is a great result!!