Davydenko to Face Nadal in Key Biscayne title match

Beats Andy Roddick, 7-6 (5), 6-2
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 12:30 AM CDT
Nikolay Davydenko, of Russia, left, is congratulated by Andy Roddick, of the United States, after Davydenko won their semifinal match.    ((AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez))
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(Newser) – 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.