Atp Finals Flashback: Novak Djokovic Wins First Title Over Nikolay Davydenko

Novak Djokovic wins his first title over Nikolay Davydenko


Novak Djokovic failed to win a set against David Ferrer, Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal in his ATP Finals debut in 2007. Djokovic was set to compete at a much higher level in Shanghai the following season after winning his first Major crown. and two Masters 1000. trophies

It was the last edition of the ATP Finals in Shanghai, and Novak made sure to lift the trophy before the event moved to London. Djokovic defeated Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 7-5 in one hour and 43 minutes in the title clash to celebrate his fourth notable title of the season.

Rafael Nadal had to withdraw from the event. He opened the door for Gilles Simon, who joined Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the draw for the first ATP Finals tournament with two Frenchmen since 1986. There was an interesting scenario with substitutes.

None of the top 20 wanted to travel to Shanghai and wait for a chance to play. Organizers called up Radek Stepanek and Nicolas Kiefer, and two lower-ranked players were hoping for a chance to compete at the premium ATP event.

In the Red Group, Roger Federer failed to pass the round-robin stage for the only time at the ATP Finals. The Swiss lost to Gilles Simon 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 before beating Radek Stepanek (he replaced Andy Roddick after the first round) 7-6, 6-4 to stay in contention.

On the final day of round-robin action, Andy Murray defeated Roger 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 to shut out the Swiss after five straight finals at this tournament. There were some incredibly close matches in the Gold Group, with plenty of tie-breaks and opportunities for everyone to go through.

Novak Djokovic defeated Nikolay Davydenko and Juan Martin del Potro to qualify before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In one of the most dramatic matchups, Nikolay Davydenko defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 and dropped Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 6-3 to join Novak in the quarterfinals. .

Djokovic needed two hours and 52 minutes to beat Gilles Simon 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Thus, the Serb set the second match against Davydenko when the Russian defeated Andy Murray 7-5, 6-2. As we’ve already stated, Novak defeated Nikolay 6-1, 7-5 in the title match to lift the trophy, dodging three of four break chances and surrendering four breaks of 11 chances.

Novak Djokovic claimed his first ATP Finals title in Shanghai 2008.

Novak had more game winners, fewer unforced errors, and more forced errors with Nikolay’s racket. He outclassed the opponent completely in the shortest and medium exchanges to seal the deal in straight sets and secure already his sixth notable title in a young career.

Nikolay served to 47% and his opening shot came under constant pressure. The Russian failed to impose his blows and take Djokovic out of his comfort zone or get more mistakes from the youngster. It was solid resistance from Davydenko in the second set.

He gave his best to level the score at 5-5 before Djokovic claimed the last two games to seal the deal and end the season on a high note. Djokovic broke in the second game of the encounter after a backhand error from Davydenko and stayed in love with an incredible forehand cross to move 3-0 up after just ten minutes.

Finding nothing in his arsenal to keep him going on rallies, Nikolay made another backhand error to drop serve to fall behind 4-0. Novak hit an ace that propelled him 5-0 in front. Davydenko finally held on in game six after two to avoid total disaster and a bagel.

The Russian squandered two break chances in the next, allowing Novak to close out the set with a perfect backhand cross that led to the opponent’s error for 6-1. The youngster grabbed another break in the third game of the second set after some incredible defense.

Novak hit an ace a few minutes later to open up a 6-1, 3-1 lead after a quick 54 minutes. Nikolay fended off two break chances in game five to stay within a break deficit and faced two match points on serve at 3-5.

He saved them with gutsy shots and held on thanks to a serve winner that got him back to 4-5. With no serve issues thus far, Djokovic lost concentration a bit in the tenth game. He double faulted to give away serve and keep Nikolay in contention in the closing stages of the set.

Nonetheless, Novak was determined to finish the job without playing a decider. He broke at 15 in game 11 when Davydenko hit a forehand and served for the win in the next. Djokovic hit two winners at 6-5 to move on top and celebrate the title at the latest edition of the ATP Finals in Shanghai.

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