Nikolay Davydendo beat Andy Roddick 7-6 (5), 6-2 Friday night, setting up a title showdown with Rafael Nadal in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open. Earlier Friday, No. 2-seeded Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 7-6 (6), 6-2. Davydenko's victory denied Roddick a chance to savor his emotional win 24 hours earlier against Roger Federer, which ended a streak of 11 consecutive losses to the Swiss star.
"If I come in a little bit to start to returning, I have no chance. It's too fast," Davydenko said. "It doesn't matter how you return--just in the court, and then you try your best." Davydenko has been playing under a cloud because of an ATP investigation into heavy and odd wagering on an otherwise insignificant match he played in Poland last August.