Nikolay Davydenko became the first Russian to win the Sony Ericsson Open men's title when he finished off Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-2 in today’s final. The title was Davydenko's first this year while playing under the cloud of an ATP investigation into heavy wagering on a match he lost last August at a tournament in Poland.
He has accused the ATP of dragging out the investigation, but it proved not to be a distraction at Key Biscayne. And there was no question about his effort against Nadal. Davydenko broke at love to take the lead for good at 4-3 in the first set, and in the second set he lost only two of 19 points on his serve.