Saturday, October 17, 2009

Nadal and Davydenko To Fight For Shanghai Title

Will Rafa ever have to finish a match? For the second match in a row, an opponent of Rafael Nadael has retired mid-match due to an injury. Feliciano Lopez quit while trailing 6-1, 3-0, so it's not like Feli had any shot at winning, or taking the match to a third, for that matter. Rafa was playing his best tennis of the week, and had won nine consectuive games in the match before the other Spaniard pussied out. In the other semi, Nikolay Davydenko brought the dramz again, by defeating Novak Djokovic, who also won a three setter in his quarterfinal, in an epic that lasted for 3 hours and 3 minutes. Koyla raced out to a 5-0 lead in the tiebreak, leaving Novak no chance. Also, having watched the match in it's entirety, Djokovic seemed like an awfully unhappy man. He pretty much screamed at himself even when he won a point. PMS, much?

London Update: Davydenko, with the win, moved up to 7th in the race to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals in London, while Fernando Verdasco moved up to 8th. Jo Wilfried Tsonga's crappy showing hurt his chances MAJORLY, as the French will fall from 7th to 11th. Jo Willy will have a boatload of points to defend in Paris, making it almost impossible for him to qualify. Robin Soderling and Fernando Gonzalez will have great chances to take Verdasco's spot in Paris.

1) Roger Federer-9,855
2) Rafael Nadal-8,845 (Add 400 pts. if wins Sunday - will stay at No. 2)
4) Andy Murray-6,040
6) Andy Roddick-4,330
7) Nikolay Davydenko-3,050 (Add 400 pts. if wins Sunday - will stay at No. 7)
9) Robin Soderling-2,820
11) Jo-Wilfiried Tsonga-2,640
12) Marin Cilic-2,205
13) Gilles Simon-2,105

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