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Old 02-25-2009, 01:30 AM   #46
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

N. DAVYDENKO/I. Karlovic
6-4, 6-3

An interview with: NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. Given that you're one of the top players in the world, how do you feel having to play on an outside court today?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: It's was good because first round, really difficult. I didn't know by self if I play good or not because first match after three months. I really enjoyed.
Court 2 is also not so small. Okay, I don't play at Court 9, it's already much better. But tomorrow I think playing against Nalbandian, have Court No. 1.

Q. How do you feel your clay court form is now?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I don't know what I need to say because, you know, it's not like about clay court or hard court, it's just starting, you know. From me, was starting tournament now. My season start from Monte Carlo, not from Australia Open.
I think every match if I win is good for me, very good for the futures, for the next, next tournaments.

Q. Do you feel ready for a top guy like Nalbandian?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I think so. I really don't know because, I don't know, I didn't see how play in three months. You know, I don't know what is tennis change now. We'll see tomorrow how guys playing. For me is very interesting.

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Oh it's good to have him back!

I hope he gets a good court against nalbandian!

Oh and heres wishing him goodluck with doubles!

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

N. DAVYDENKO/I. Karlovic
6-4, 6-3

An interview with: NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. Given that you're one of the top players in the world, how do you feel having to play on an outside court today?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: It's was good because first round, really difficult. I didn't know by self if I play good or not because first match after three months. I really enjoyed.
Court 2 is also not so small. Okay, I don't play at Court 9, it's already much better. But tomorrow I think playing against Nalbandian, have Court No. 1.

Q. How do you feel your clay court form is now?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I don't know what I need to say because, you know, it's not like about clay court or hard court, it's just starting, you know. From me, was starting tournament now. My season start from Monte Carlo, not from Australia Open.
I think every match if I win is good for me, very good for the futures, for the next, next tournaments.

Q. Do you feel ready for a top guy like Nalbandian?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I think so. I really don't know because, I don't know, I didn't see how play in three months. You know, I don't know what is tennis change now. We'll see tomorrow how guys playing. For me is very interesting.

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6‑2, 6‑1, 6‑4

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THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Good start to the tournament, no?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: That's it? That's question?

Q. That's a question. Was it a goodstart to the tournament?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Um, yeah. Three sets match, it's really tough ‑‑ the conditions now differentbetween last year and now. It's like 28,like afternoon can be 30. It's very hot,because practicing yesterday, it's one hour, it's, you know, it's reallydifficult to play.

Sometimes you thinkabout better to play first match like 11:00, finish at noon. But now it's already start to be hot. Butthree‑set match, it's always good.

Q. So you obviously have been injured and you've had some good successhere. What are your expectations forthis tournament?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I really disappointed, you know. I start in clay court, and I was thinking Ican be fit for the Roland Garros.

But after Madrid, retired, haveinjury, and I can't play next week in, like last week, I didn't playKitzbühel. I didn't prepare really goodfor Roland Garros. Really difficult.

Like any matches, I need physical training,because five‑set matches can be ‑‑ I don't know what I can expect me nowwith tournament. I really ‑‑ Idon't say I'm prepared for this tournament. Just was not now, no injury, it's for me important. Try to be fit. And I think like my coach say, it's by everymatch you're fit fighting, you're physically better. That's was I hope I'm not dying on the courtand can be physically better every match, every match.

Q. Becauseyou're not as physically fit as you want to be, are you trying to keep thepoints shorter?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: No, no. Really, it's ‑‑ no, my tennis is different. Sometimes I try to play short, but sometimesI need to make long rally, and because of the good control from baseline tofind for the futures. That's what I needhere now, Roland Garros. I don't knowwhat's happen in the futures, next matches, how I can be fit.

Q. We have a lot of new faces in the top 10 this year. You're not in the top 10, but do you thinkthat we're seeing sort of a generational shift in the game right now?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: No, it's like ‑‑ same guys what wasplaying last year before, Verdasco, Simon, Del Potro, Monfils. I'm losing points every week. I need now the fan points, and I need now tryto come back. I was for years to 5.

For me, after injury,long injury, I just want to maybe find my game back, like confidence and maybeenjoy also tennis and this year, I don't know what can be my result, if I canfinish top 10 or finish, like, 30, 20? Just, we'll see in the futures. But if I find very good, how I can play, I can finish the play.

Q. You said you want to enjoy tennis this year. Were you not enjoying tennis in the lastcouple of years because of the Sopot investigation and all of that?
NIKOLAYDAVYDENKO: Not only the investigation, everything. So many matches, sometimes just tired, losingsome stupid matches. Should be, you needto win and you lost, and it's everything together. It's was not every week enjoying. Now I try and enjoy every week. If I can, maybe I can play good.
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Up close and personal with Nikolay Davydenko
Sunday, May 31, 2009
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Here at Rolandgarros.com we know you love to get an insight into the real person behind the tennis star facade. Here, in the fifth of a series of quick-fire lifestyle interviews, two-time French Open semi-finalist Nikolay Davydenko reveals his admiration for Ivan Lendl and Igor Andreev.

Who is your sporting idol?
Ivan Lendl. He was the best.

What’s your favourite sport outside tennis?
Fishing. Some people think it’s just a hobby, but for me it’s a sport. I’ve caught 10kg barracudas off Mauritius before. It was fantastic.

What’s your least favourite training exercise?
Jogging. It’s a necessary evil, but I hate it.

Who’s your best friend on the circuit?
Igor Andreev. He was my doubles partner in the Davis Cup. He’s a great guy.

Which part of your game would you like to improve?
I’d like to get stronger and have more stamina. Like Nadal!

What’s the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
I watch TV, preferably Russian programmes.

What’s the best concert you’ve seen?
It was in Abu Dhabi on New Year’s Eve. I took part in an exhibition and then went to a Shakira concert in a 7 star hotel. It was the most amazing show I’ve ever seen.

What do you have on your iPod?
Scorpions, Beck…I also like house music and remixes of cult songs.

Who would be your ideal partner for mixed doubles?
My wife. We play together during the holidays. She’s not very good, but if I chose anyone else I’d be in trouble!

When was your first kiss?
There have been so many I can’t remember!

What was your favourite film in 2008?
The Transporter.

Which actor would you choose to play you on screen?
Jason Statham, the lead actor in The Transporter.

When did you last spend big with your prize money?
I don’t – my wife spends it. That’s why I’m still on the tour [laughs].

Who’s the nicest guy on tour?
They’re all really nice: Federer, Nadal. All of the guys in the top 100 are cool. But if you asked me which one was the best looking I’d say Feliciano Lopez. Everyone thinks he’s gorgeous, with his blue eyes and curly hair.
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R. SODERLING/N. Davydenko

6‑1, 6‑3, 6‑1

An interview with:

NIKOLAYDAVYDENKO

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How's your health?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Older feeling. What you mean, about match or you mean abouteverything?

Q. Well, take your pick. How aboutthe match?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: About match? I really don't know what I can say about match. He play well here first. Play very well. If I try to play well, he play much better.

But if I play not sogood, what I can say? I didn't playgood.

Q. You've had some trouble with him in the past, haven't you, playing him?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah. Maybe, yeah. I don't know why,but it's already three times I lost against him. I cannot show my best game. That's was surprising.

Maybe he have some, nottactic, but maybe he have some like tennis too fast for me, or maybe like heplay no topspin or he play faster or have better control. I really don't know.

All three times against him, I reallysurprising I cannot play. You know, andloss on clay courts all three times.

Q. Monte‑Carlo?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah.

Q. Maybe you need to play on grass. Are you looking forward to that?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yes, because first I need to make visit to England. I don't know if I reach there, you know,coming to the Wimbledon (laughing.)

But should be, yes,next week Queen's. We'll see if I canget visa.

Q. Do you think Robin has raised his level since you met him last time, orhe's a better play now, do you think?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yes. He surprising me. He play verywell. Like if I was try to play better,try to make some control from baseline, play some long rally, make sometopspin, he try play better along the line and make many winners.

I was surprising. He play faster. Today he play faster.

Q. Between Sunday and today, do you think maybe I can win the tournament?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Who?

Q. You.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Which tournament?

Q. The one you play here. I meanNadal lost, so maybe you think...

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I lost already. I cannot win the tournament anymore.

Q. Between Sunday and today.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Between Sunday and today? No, I didn't think about it. I was really happy come to quarterfinal here,and I really don't think about semifinal or final here.

Okay, now it's was notNadal or Djokovic, but some guys like Soderling play good. What I can do?

Q. Talk about your visa. What's theproblem?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Problem what?

Q. The visa, were you serious about that, getting a visa for England?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, just ‑‑ no, it's no problem. I try and make last week. I should be have appointment, but I playedthree days in a row. If you remember, Ididn't finish my match and should have been next day play and I haveappointment.

Yeah, I pass my time,and now the holiday in EnglandMonday, and then, you know, try to do tomorrow. I know some players say I wait already 10 days hear about visa. And for me now I be in trouble.

If I go tomorrow, I should be receive myvisa end of next week. I don't know whatI can do. I should be play alreadyMonday Queen's.

And for us, like Russian, it'sreally, you know, important to try to do faster. I don't know if I can do this week to dosomething.

Q. Yourfoot is okay today?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Which one?

Q. Both feet.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Sometimes is right, sometimes is leftpainful. But, no, it's okay. It's okay.

Q. Did you talk about the game of Soderling? What surprised you in his game?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: He played faster. Just very ‑‑ I don't know, it was verygood control from baseline. Normally henever had like this.

Have good serve, makesome winners, but I try, you know, make some topspin, just make some longrally, but he just have control and make some winners.

Play very good topspin, like cross, and playvery fast. Always feeling always if hehit along line, across, by hitting balls by the line. I have no chance. I try run, but I'm not Nadal. Also like not possible for me.

Q. Hehits the ball flat or he hits the ball with topspin?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, he was hitting flat and sometimes crosstopspin very well. I have nochance. It's was ‑‑ I don't know,it was different between. Against Verdasco playing today,different. Today different weather,balls much more faster, courts much faster.

It's not so hot, 25degrees, but feeling like ‑‑ I don't know, we play on hardcourt. For me it was fast.

Q. Tomorrow we have a big match for French people. It's Monfils against Federer. Who is the favorite for you? And explain if you select a player now.

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I don't know now, because before favoriteNadal. Nadal lost. Djokovic lost. Federer should be losing yesterday match, butwon.

Federer was playingafter better. I don't know how heplay against Monfils, but favorite still I think Federer.

Q. When I hear you, it seems that the next opponent of Soderling has nochance against him. What can you say tohis next opponent? Good luck? Or what's your tactic or...

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: What's my tactic? Go home. (laughter.) Take a rest now. Just, I don't know. Prepare for grass tactic.

For Soderling? Well, I don't want to say nothing. Just good luck. If he play like this, I don't know. Depends against who he play. Because Murrayis also not so easy to beat him. He alsocan good running and still good control from baseline.

I don't think so can be easy match forSoderling for semis.
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Winner of Malaysian Open 2009



KUALA LUMPUR: After a slow start to the season because of a left heel injury Nikolay Davydenko is having a strong second half and has become only the fifth player to win three or more titles.

The Russian world number eight and top seed won the inaugural Proton Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur 2009 with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Fernando Verdasco in one hour 35 minutes. It was only the sixth time this year that the top two seeds were meeting in a final.

“I feel tired because it was really difficult match against Verdasco,” Davydenko said. “Every point was not easy as I needed to run a lot. I had to fight for point step by step it was hard but I remained focus.

“However Verdasco did not play his usual game and I tried to do different things.”

The Russian said really enjoyed playing in Kuala Lumpur and “will definitely be back to defend my title”. He added that he didn’t get a chance to see the sights but “it was a great trip to KL being it my first time”. One place he wanted to visit was the zoo but hopes to be able to do that the next time.

There was no monkeying around by either player as the first game of the final was the longest of the match as Verdasco survived six deuces and three break points to hold serve but it was in the seventh game, which so often is the crucial game that Davydenko scored a break and three games later served out the set to love.

The Russian was on course to win his 17th career title from 22 finals.

Again he had Verdasco under pressure in the first game of the second set which the Spaniard dropped with a double fault, but with the crowd so firmly behind him, Verdasco turned the tables on he number one seed and broke back immediately.

The atmosphere around Putra Stadium was electric and at times deafening and it created incredibly excitement for the first event.

Both players were finding it tough to hold serve and in the tenth game Verdasco had his best chance to take it into a deciding set. He had Davydenko down 0/40 and facing three set points but the Russian hit a winner on one while Verdasco sent two returns out as Davydenko won five points in a row to level at 5-5.

The Spaniard dropped serve in the next game as Davydenko brought up two match points on his serve – the first one he double faulted and on the second one Verdasco hit the ball out.

“I think I had many opportunities during the match,” Verdasco said. “He just played better in some of the important points and in the second set I couldn't convert the set points which could have changed the outcome of the match.

“I am happy with the week in Kuala Lumpur. I came here without having played much tennis because of my foot injury. It was important to get some confidence and rhythm for the next tournaments.”

The doubles final was won by the Polish combination of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski. They defeated Igor Kunitsyn of Russia and Jaroslav Levinsky of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-1 in 54 minutes. For the Polish tandem it was their second title of the year having won at Eastbourne just before Wimbledon in June.
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About the Proton Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2009
The tournament is an ATP World Tour 250 Series event. The singles main draw will have a field of 28 players while the doubles draw will have 16 teams. The tournament carries total prize money of USD 947,750 and will be played at the 16,000 seat Putra Stadium at Bukit Jalil Sports Complex, September 26 and October 4. The tournament is organised by IMG and is supported by the Government of Malaysia.

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Default Re: Presser after Djokovic match at Shanghai

An interview with : Nikolay Davydenko
2009-10-17 23:14

N. DAVYDENKO/N. Djokovic

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An interview with:

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. (In Chinese.) Today's match, do you think this is a very hard competition? Are you feeling any pressures from the serve of Djokovic?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Last few words?

Q. (In Chinese.) Are you feeling some pressure from the serve from your opponent?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: If you see match was today, was like long and heavy. Three hours is, because maybe it's pretty slow here. I was play mostly every match 2:00, and this was different situation, was not it's was day. This was not darkness, and balls was flying a little bit faster.
I have like chance play faster, and that's was maybe game was faster. Today now against Djokovic was, serve from Djokovic always good, but not at this time, not today, because we have many rallies, doesn't serving, me and him. We just play baseline, forehand/backhand. That was all three hours match was.

Q. It was quite a match to come through. You seemed to have a lot more in the tiebreaker than he did. Could you talk about the tiebreaker a little bit?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: In tiebreak, it's different situation. It's like last tiebreak you concentration, how you can in just I don't know. For me, it's like every point, you know, I fighting for every point, I running for every point, and I didn't care.
Just want win, you know, this point. And that's was maybe I was, you know, trying in beginning. It's also important if you win few points in beginning tiebreak, you have more confidence, and then you can play better and better. You can maybe finishing, winning, you know, this tiebreak.

Q. He owned you on this court before. He won the two matches last year. Is it a little bit of a revenge today?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: A little bit.

Q. A lot?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, just a little bit. (laughter.)
No, it's like this is different between final Masters Cup and now semifinal, different tournament. Okay, same city, but, you know, for me, it's like if, you know, if I make better result, I have chance coming to London, you know, I have more points.
But he need to defend, you know, like, say in top three players in the world, and if he play winning here tournament, he have more chance coming to No. 2.
Um, today was I don't know. In beginning he have play a little bit better, a little bit faster. But then starting the same game. We play both the same, everything the same. Was 50/50. I really a little bit I have pressure of my serve. He have so many times breaking, and in the second set and for sure he can maybe finishing in the two sets, but, you know, he play also many lucky points.
I have also many chance winning breakpoints and he play well. This was all match really difficult. I was lucky; he was lucky. In tiebreak, I was more lucky.

Q. Can you talk about Rafa or Feliciano? And also you have a good record in finals this year. You've won all the three you were in.
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: I don't know. You know, against Rafa it's doesn't matter. It's last match, final. I think it's doesn't matter against who I play in the final.
Rafa, it's, you know, I have good feeling, you know. He's fighting every match three sets. That's was surprising here, find game and losing first set and then winning, try to come back and winning match.
That's I think it is now him this week, very good fighter, and coming, you know, have maybe also a little bit confidence this one. I don't know how he feel tennis. I don't know how he feel, very good or not good. I didn't see how many matches now.
But he play last week in Beijing, okay, was he didn't make good result, but, you know, he's every week try to fight, have the same game. And I don't know. He can be in the final very good and maybe can be not so good. We'll see what happen tomorrow.

Q. You've been very relaxed this week, I think, so far. But now you're in the final. Does the pressure go on? And how do you prepare for a final compared to semis and quarterfinals?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Um, first it's like last match, last day in Shanghai. Then, you know, it's already I thinking I need to come to Russia, I have another tournament, I have already every week tournament, but, you know, happy, no? Always make good result. Already in final to be here in Masters Series.
It's end of the year. It's like feeling maybe and I'm for sure finishing in top 10 this years. I know behind me many games, you know, Tsonga, like González, you know, we have the same points, we have the same ranking, you know. And who make it these last two, three tournaments good results, you can have better ranking. You can be No. 8 or 9 or 10.
For me it's was good coming here to the final, have some points and try, you know, finishing in top 10. Don't think about London, not yet, but really, you know, fifth time in a row finishing top 10, it's, for me, it's I think important.

Q. Just going back again to what my colleague spoke about earlier, he beat you twice here last year. What was the difference today? Were you better or was he worse?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Yeah, come on. Match was three hours and decide tiebreak. Who was better? I don't know. He was better, but I won. I can say also like this.
Maybe he was better because he won Beijing last week, have more confidence. He play good. But I was thinking he was tired from yesterday, also, match. That's was today a long match for him was also not so good, and I think he is also losing so much power and he cannot play 100% already in the third set. He also make many mistake and also losing concentration. For sure he's tired.

Q. You have won a lot of fans in Shanghai this year. Do you feel it surprising or happy?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: If I have so many fans in Shanghai?

Q. Yeah, haven't you noticed?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Maybe I'm scared, have Chinese, no offense here, win in Shanghai.
No, it's like it's always, you know, if you make somewhere good result you winning tournament, you have some fans, is for sure. For sure I have some fans I won Miami two years ago, you know, I have some fans, but I don't think so American but some South American, so many South Americans there.
I have so many fans in Moscow. (laughter.) I won three times. It's like, you know, where is I make good result I have some fans. It's like this always.

Q. Today I noticed that your wife is watching your game beside the court. When you play this tough game, do you have some eye contact with her, or do you feel support from her?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Eye contact? I have always contact with her. (laughter.)
Yes. Mostly every game, and she try to help me. She try to support me. She try to tell me something, you know, to motivate in the game, to be concentration.
This is good. It's help me very much, because I need to find somebody who can help me about this one, and it's I have no coach this week, but my wife, you know, this is support. It's very important in the match.
Doesn't matter how's match going on. If I losing, you know, it's always supporting I have. That's was I think it's important for everyone, for every player, because it's difficult to play alone and don't look to anyone and just then I think you start to be crazy, you know, because to be always alone is not so good.

Q. Andre Agassi
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Who's he? He already not in tennis. I don't know this guy.

Q. He said Federer and Nadal's era will be over soon and Murray and Djokovic and Del Potro will be the one to lead. What do you think about that?
THE MODERATOR: I guess he said Federer and Nadal's era is going to be over soon, that Djokovic and Del Potro and Murray are going to take over, basically, the tour. So that was his statement. What do you think?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Um, I really doesn't matter what Agassi say, for me. I really don't care.
Just say yes, it's true if you see how points, how we did result this year, Federer, Nadal, Del Potro, you know, Murray, Djokovic, Roddick. You know, it's not only you need to see all year's results, you know.
You know, some guys, mostly all these top five, top six guys always be in the quarters, in the semis and the final probably every tournaments where they played. That's was with these guys, they have the same points. Okay, if only one guy can winning like Federer winning Grand Slams step by step, he have more points. He No. 1.
But if you see Federer 1, yeah, he was lucky, Nadal losing in Roland Garros and he won Paris, yeah? Federer. And after Wimbledon, that's was he still No. 1, but Del Potro won US Open.
It's, I think yeah, it's like top six guys now, it's have the same level and play very well. Just I think for the next season, for the next year, I don't think it can be one guy who win everything and coming to No. 1 and to already in beginning. It's be difficult, yeah?
Federer is 28, 29 years old next year. He have two kids, family, you know. Now enjoy more another step like Hewitt. (laughter.)
I hope so. Because it's too much, you know, to be No. 1 for Federer.
But, yes, like, say, young guy like Murray have the same age, and Nadal and Djokovic and Del Potro, you know, is the same age and player think still top four or five years can still be good for all these guys.

Q. Is that because you're not so good looking and keep looking outside the court which makes you put more focus on your tennis? And given a chance, would you like to be more good looking or keep your life going like this?
NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Um, you know, if I be if I don't have wife, you know, maybe I can say, Yeah, I disappoint I'm not maybe good looking, yeah, but really I have many girls can be in Russia. I don't know about China, but in Russia, it's I still look good, like feeling comfortable, you know. (laughter.)
I mean, it's okay. I really not think about this, yeah?
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by Pete Bodo


Well, this pretty much seals the deal - it's officially Kolya time. I'll say this for Nikolay Davydenko, he's the consumate professional in terms of taking advantage of his opportunities. I think he's played less (and been injured more) in recent times than at the beginning of his career, but he's established himself over the years as the ultimate worker bee in men's tennis.

Davydenko doesn't complain (as far as I know) about the number of tournaments he plays; if anything, he'd probably gripe that there aren't enough of them. He doesn't seem as disgruntled as some of his peers by the touring way of life. His attitude seems to be, just tell me where to show up and play, and make sure you spell the name right on the check. This is Kolya's 19th tournament; six more than Roger Federer has played. He'll probably end up playing 21 or 22 - and the Davis Cup was a washout this year, so he couldn't add those weeks to his toll either.


Over the years, we've seen a number of other players who fall squarely into this Can't Get Enough tradition. Most of you are too young to remember the New Zealander, Onny Parun (he played early in the pro era). I think Onny figured he had to travel so far from home to play tennis that there was no point in going back once he hit the road. Then there was Tomas Smid, or Smidley, as many called him. He was a more recent vintage, and being Czech made his life somewhat easier, travel-wise. But he was a road warrior, too. He played every place that would have him, never uttered a compaint, and almost always played doubles, too. And it wasn't so long ago that wing-ding Jelena Jankovic seemed bent on shattering the mark for most frequent flier miles accumulated in a single year by a WTA pro.


Many others also play an insanely loaded schedule, but the good players who do so are a breed apart. People always snicker at these workhorses, and suggest that they're merely avaricious, but I don't really buy that. I think there's a certain dispostion to which this kind of grinding comes naturally; these players are workaholics, not just greedy pros feathering their nests for the future. And while Jankovic is an exception, these tireless spear carriers trend toward being a little grim. Maybe they're depressed, like that guy who stays at the office until 8 pm every night, and has black bags under his eyes. The last thing he would think to do, in terms of a meaningful change of life, is work less.

Here's something I found pretty amazing, though. Given that Kolya is ranked no. 8 in the world and this is his 20th tournament, he's earned "only" $1.3 million in prize-money this year. I'd happily swap bank accounts with him, and so would many of you, I presume. But that's not really the point. In relative terms, Kolya's prize-money is surprisingly low. I don't even dare to look at what a golfer with a comparable resume - Davydenko is certainly a high-value name and a staple in late stages of important tournaments- pulls down.

And even if Kolya is chasing the money, what's the big deal? I thought that's why we ended up with Open tennis in the first place, because tennis players wanted to be paid for what they did best, and it was usually the only thing they wanted to do. A player can love the game and the life and like the money too, right?


But Kolya is up against it today, even though his slap-shot style and quickness are great assets on the surfaces of the fall tour. He's facing a - dare I say it? - resurgent Rafael Nadal, who can out-muscle him, outsteady him, and neutralize Kolya's quick-strike instincts with speed and punishing counter-punching. It might do wonders for Nadal to win his first tournament since he returned from his long break (he was dealing with knee tendinitis), and it will be interesting to see if adding another Masters 1000 to his collection, with the Tennis Masters Cup looming on the horizon, will propel him back into the no. 1 conversation. We still have a pretty long way to go this year in a number of ways, weeks being the least of them.

Happy Sunday, everyone. I'm on the road most of the day but back with you on Monday
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