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Clijsters, Davydenko Reign Supreme

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

The Battle of the Belgians turned out to be one of the ugliest matches that I have seen in a long time. Sure, Clijsters won 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(6), but at times both players looked shaky. Clijsters blitzed Henin in the first set; in the second set, however, she crumbled in the second set. After being up two breaks in the second set, Clijsters choked and subsequently allowed Henin to win the set. Sure, the third set was close, but that was only because neither player could hold serve if their life had depended on it. At times, they both had flashes of brilliance, but inconsistency plagued both of their games. This match is being touted as a thriller and it definitely had drama; however, if either of them want to defeat Serena or even Safina for that matter, they need to improve their games, particularly their serves.

In Doha, third seeded Nikolay Davydenko defeated second seeded Rafael Nadal 0-6, 7-6(8), 6-4. Davydenko, who also defeated top ranked Roger Federer in Doha, simply upped his game in the second set, after Nadal had looked unbeatable during the first set. During the first set, Nadal played aggressively and was able to easily take control of the rallies, but when Davydenko was able to pressure him in the second, Nadal’s lack of confidence became quite apparent. The Spaniard, who hasn’t won an ATP tournament in roughly eight months, played defensively and he reverted back to his classic clay court style of play when Davydenko began to play at a higher level. Davydenko is arguably playing the best of anyone on tour, but with the Australian Open quickly approaching, the Russian downplayed his chances. He told the AFP “For three sets it’s really interesting. There it will be five sets. It’s different conditions – here it’s 18 degrees, cold and there it can be 30 degrees. It ought to be the same but when you get there it always feels different. But I have confidence, so we will see.”

In other news, Spain (who seem to be the champions of team tennis competitions) defeated Great Britain in the Hopman Cup final. Playing for Spain was Tommy Robredo and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez and it was Robredo that came up with the vital point when he upset Britain’s Andy Murray 1-6, 6-4, 6-3. Britain’s Laura Robson, however, had an upset of her own when she defeated the 26th ranked Sanchez 6-1, 7-6(6). The championship, therefore, went to the final match, in which Robredo and Sanchez were able to team up to defeat Murray and Robson 7-6(6), 6-5.

Highlights:

Clijsters v. Henin

Nadal v. Davydenko

Hopman Cup