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Tennis Updates: Belgian Battle, Federer ousted

In Brisbane, the final that we had so eagerly anticipated has become reality. Belgians Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters will face each other after Henin ousted Ana Ivanovic and Clijsters defeated Andrea Petkovic in the semifinals. Henin told the Brisbane International that “it’s a great feeling” to be in the final of her first event since coming back from retirement. After her semifinal match, Clijsters spoke about her long-time rivalry with Henin, saying that “We grew up playing juniors together and I think we always made each other better players.” Henin leads their head-to-head record 12-10.

In Doha, there was a big upset, as third seeded Nikolay Davydenko defeated top seed Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4. Davydenko winning the match was not as surprising as was the way he did it. He had previously beaten Federer just months ago at the ATP World Finals, but in this match, he took a 3-0 double break lead right from the start. For much of the match, the Russian played beautifully and Federer could only watch, as he was unable to match his play. Davydenko told the ATP World Tour “I have a different type of confidence [against Federer] now than before when I lost every match to him. After beating him once it makes it mentally different. If I beat him once, I say I can beat him twice. Now I come ready, fighting, with a chance to win. Not just a chance, but I really can win.” Davydenko’s opponent will be second seeded Rafael Nadal, who defeated Viktor Troicki in the semifinals 6-1, 6-3. Nadal has looked strong throughout this tournament, but he has yet to play any of the top players, as the highest ranked player he faced was Troicki who is ranked 29th in the world. Overall, Davydenko and Nadal have a 4-4 head-to-head record.

Highlights of Nadal v. Troicki and Federer v. Davydenko, as well as a preview of the final:

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Federer Survives, Nadal Cruises in Doha

Latvian Ernests Gulbis is as streaky as they come and unfortunately for the top ranked Roger Federer, Gulbis was on his game when they played each other earlier today. Gulbis had 13 aces and was able to take a set off of Federer, who eventually won the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Federer cruised through the first set in just over 30 minutes, but Gulbis’ good play in the second set, combined with a slew of unforced errors from Federer allowed the Latvian to win the set. It was Federer, however, that was able to find his form again in the third and advance to the semifinals, where he will face the third seeded Nikolay Davydenko, who defeated Ivo Karlovic in the quarters 7-6(4), 7-6(7).

Unlike Federer, second ranked Rafael Nadal easily won his quarterfinal match, as his opponent Steve Darcis retired with Nadal leading 6-1, 2-0. Darcis was reportedly suffering from a back injury. In the semifinals, Nadal will face Serbian Viktor Troicki, who defeated Lukasz Kubot in his quarterfinal match 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1). Nadal has yet to drop a set and is looking to be in fine form as the Australian Open approaches.

In other news, Justine Henin defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-3, 6-2 to reach the final of the Brisbane International. She will potentially play her countrywoman Kim Clijsters, who is currently up a break (2-1) in the first set of her semifinal match against Andrea Petkovic.

Here are the highlights of those matches:

Federer v. Gulbis

Nadal v. Darcis

Henin v. Ivanovic