Posted by Barrie on Sunday, 29 November 2009

Davy Slays Goliath as Nikolay Defeats Del Potro

Nikolay Davydenko completed his good end of season run by beating favourite Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets, 24 hours after upsetting Roger Federer in the semi final.

The 5'10" Russian, the shortest entrant in this year's finals beat the tallest entrant, the 6'6" Argentine, with his consistent tennis that saw him made very few errors throughout the match and creating problems on Del Potro's serve and taken sufficient break points to win the match. The power and recent success of Del Potro had him favourite for this match, but was backed at risk against the underrated and dangerous Russian.

Davydenko has stuck to his tactics for each game this week and has not been overawed by the big name stars he's had to face; beating all of this year's Grand Slam winners in this tournament; firstly Rafael Nadal, then Roger Federer, and today beating the final 2009 Grand Slam champion, Juan Martin Del Potro.

Del Potro never seemed to settle and his usually powerful forehand was kept in check by his opponent, who was able to return it over the net a sufficient number of times to force the Argentinian into mistakes and frustration.

Nikolay Davydenko adds this trophy to his collection having won the Malaysian Open and Shanghai 1000 Masters since the US Open. This result also means Andy Murray will remain world number 4 in the year end rankings.

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