stars aren't necessaryWhat a comeback for Nikolay in the first set. Bubka came out serving great based on the stats and broke Nikolay in his first two return games, to take a 5-*0 lead. He only lost two points on serve to that point, served at around 70%, totally dominant in the match to that point. Davydenko saved two break points to fend off a bagel in the first set, and that started the comeback. Three breaks in a row for Nikolay from 1-*5 to *6-5, as Bubka's serve percentage tumbled and Nikolay was doing a lot of damage on second serve returns. Davydenko won around seven points on serve overall in finding himself *0-5 40-AD down, and ended up losing about three more points on serve the rest of the set.
Davydenko broke for *2-1 in the second set and saved a break point with an ace in his next service game to take complete command of the match.
This is the machine we've all come to love. Matches like this in the past few years he would have just allowed slip away but he fought back wonderfully here, and after the terrible start he won the big points and close games on his serve and on return. Will be very interesting to see him now vs. Monfils in the next round. A mental win like this should give Davydenko a lot of confidence.
irrelevantThinking shortcuts. Match point is a set point as well but we say otherwise about it when it's in a deciding set or in a set which precedes a decider.
And that's the reason I wrote "in a set" instead of "the biggest choke of the year" because a moment before entering this thread I read about Lajovic.irrelevant
Lajovic's third set was a bigger choke than Bubka's first set
Lajovic's match was also a bigger choke, thus he holds both titles