Sunday, November 29, 2009

Davydenko Crowned YEC Champion

One week ago you may have predicted either Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro to be crowned the World Tour Finals champion, but Nikolay Davydenko, long seen as the king of the 500-level tournaments who could never breakthrough with the big boys, was victorious at the Year-End Championships, beating all 3 of the previously named heavyweights in the process. In the finals today (Sunday), The Russian was crowned YEC victor after easily handling del Potro in the finals, 6-3, 6-4. With monstrous yet consistent groundstrokes, Davydenko surprised even himself in taking the title for the 1st time, losing a total of just 13 points on serve in the match. On serve in the 1st set, JMDP was called for a foot-fault, resulting in a downward spiral for the US Open champ, who's frustration allowed Davydenko to break serve to lead 3-1. “For me it was amazing,” said Davydenko. “Coming here as No. 7 and winning the tournament, it was surprising for myself.” Davydenko's winners to error ratio was +10, while DelPo's was +1, and in the end, the world number 7 improved his 2009 finals record to 5-0. “He beat everybody, so he’s a worthy champion,” Del Potro told the press. Congratz Kolya!

On another note, can ya'll believe the 2009 tennis season has come to a close. I'm not sure if I should be happy or sad, but what I am aware of is that we saw history made at it's finest and at it's worst. Here's to a great '09 and a well-deserved off-season for the players.

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