Russian Davydenko comes in from cold to make last eight
Monday 25 January 2010
Russia's Nikolay Davydenko came in from the barren steppes and on to the main stage today.
The world number six, who has captured the media's attention with his witty sense of humour, had been slipping through the Australian Open almost unnoticed by the general public as before Monday all of his matches took place on outside show courts.
"Why (are) you guys here?" he asked reporters in a full media conference room today after he beat Fernando Verdasco 6-2 7-5 4-6 6-7 6-3 to advance to the quarter-finals.
"Why (have) you come now, (to) ask me private questions? I don't know. You need to ask yourself why you (have) come here," he replied with a huge grin across his face."
The media's new-found interest in the 28-year-old Russian, who has happily discussed his marriage, earnings and life in general this week, is undoubtedly due to the fact he had been the form player on the ATP Tour in the last three months, winning the season-ending Tour Finals in London last year.
He beat Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal again to win the Qatar Open before arriving in Melbourne Park.
Given that growing stature, and progress, organisers moved him to Rod Laver Arena today where he participated in an absorbing battle with Verdasco.
Davydenko, who had not dropped a set at Melbourne Park this year before the fourth round match with Verdasco, overcame the tiring Spaniard in the fifth to set up the quarter-final against either world number one Federer or Australia's Lleyton Hewitt.
Davydenko, who is now on a 13-match winning streak, however still feels he is an outsider for the Norman Brookes Memorial Cup, particularly if he meets Federer in the next round.
"He's number one, I'm number six. Why (would I think) I need to be favourite if I'm not number one?" he asked.
"He is always favourite for me. But on the court, I try to change my mind. I feel (if) I have then chance to win a set, and the next set, I realise (it)."
Verdasco, however, said while Davydenko was capable of winning the tournament he thought both Federer and Nadal's experience over five sets in grand slams would probably prevail.
"I think that Federer and Nadal in five sets are better than the rest," Verdasco said. "That's why they always normally win all the grand slams.
"Davydenko, Murray and the guys just behind them, I think they're not at that level. Maybe they can beat them but it's tough."
Lionel Messi dumps Jerome Boateng: The moment two-goal hero made Bayern Munich defender look like 'baby in a playpen'
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich match report: Lionel Messi double and Neymar strike put Barca on course for Champions League final
Floyd Mayweather mocks Manny Pacquiao: 'Winners win and losers have excuses'
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings
Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in top eight of Forbes Rich List
- 2 Qataris pledge to expand Canary Wharf
- 3 #JeSuisEd: People share photos of themselves eating awkwardly in solidarity with Labour leader
- 4 Women think Irish men are the sexiest, survey finds
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: Post-election 'shambles' looms as 70 per cent of voters say SNP 'should not be able to veto UK government policies'
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
General election live: Booths open at 7am across the country on polling day