Nikolay Davydenko

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China's Li Bounces Venus

16th seed upsets No. 6 in ugly three-setter

(Newser) - China's Li Na beat Venus Williams 2-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 Wednesday in a marathon Australian Open quarterfinal that featured 110 unforced errors. The sixth-seeded Williams served for the match in the second set against No. 16 Li but was broken, forcing matters to the tiebreaker, which Li dominated. Williams held... More »

Oudin Storms Into Quarters

(Newser) - American teenager Melanie Oudin continued her rampage through the US Open this afternoon, again dropping the first set en route to upsetting a seeded Russian in a 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 victory over No. 13 Nadia Petrova. The 70th-ranked 17-year-old, buoyed by the crowd's vocal support, demonstrated laser-like focus until... More »

Blake Wins Rainy Debut Olympic Match

Tennis star admitted feeling nerves; got match point on ace

(Newser) - American James Blake took the first step toward his goal of an Olympic gold in tennis today, beating Australia's Chris Guccione 6-3, 7-6 (3). Blake scored the final point of the tiebreak with an ace. He held service in every game, and only once broke Guccione. Heavy rain delayed many... More »

Federer Advances to 1st Final of Season

Top-ranked player will play fourth-ranked Davydenko

(Newser) - Roger Federer aims for his first title of the season, facing Nikolay Davydenko in the final of the Estoril Open. The top-ranked Federer rallied to defeat Denis Gremelmayr 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 today in the semifinal. It's been eight years since Federer needed five tournaments to get a shot at his... More »

Davydenko Beats Nadal in Key Biscayne Final

ATP investigation proves to be no distraction

(Newser) - 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... More »

Davydenko to Face Nadal in Key Biscayne title match

Beats Andy Roddick, 7-6 (5), 6-2

(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... More »

Roddick Knocks Off Federer

Serena Williams heads to Key Biscayne finals

(Newser) - Andy Roddick ended a streak of 11 consecutive losses to Roger Federer on Thursday at the Sony Ericsson Open. Dominating with his serve, Roddick took advantage of Federer's suddenly shaky play down the stretch to win 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Roddick improved to 2-15 against his nemesis.... More »

Italian Tennis Player Punished for Gambling

Galimberti suspended, fined; fourth Italian disciplined in scandal

(Newser) - Italian tennis player Giorgio Galimberti was found guilty of betting on tennis matches during a period dating from June 2003 to January 2006; Tour officials did not specify whether or not he ever bet on his own matches. “The ATP's Tennis Anti Corruption Program… unambiguously states that gambling on... More »

Nadal, Sharapova Advance

Williams, Henin, Ferrero taste victory

(Newser) - Spain’s Rafael Nadal quickly advanced to the Australian Open’s fourth round today, when a calf injury forced French opponent Paul-Henri Matthieu to drop out; Nadal was ahead 6-4, 3-0. Justine Henin made short work of her opponent, Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei, 6-2, 6-2, as did Maria Sharapova, who... More »

US Brings Cup Home Again

Bryan twins clinch America's first Davis victory since 1995

(Newser) - A novel Russian strategy backfired against the top team in men's tennis today, as America's Mike and Bob Bryan clinched the Davis Cup with a doubles match win in straight sets: 7-6, 6-4, 6-2. Russia hoped that baseliners Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev would foil the Bryans, but Davydenko—currently... More »

ATP Fines Davydenko for Lack of Effort

Tennis star draws rebuke from umpire after six double-faults

(Newser) - The Association of Tennis Professionals fined star player Nikolay Davydenko $2000 for lack of "best effort" in a St. Petersburg Open match against Marian Cilic. Already at the center of a betting investigation since August, Davydenko won the first set in 27 minutes, but lost the next two, the... More »

Tennis Investigates 150 Suspect Matches

List has pro tour officials looking for evidence of gambling

(Newser) - The Association of Tennis Professionals has launched an inquiry into 150 matches, identified on a list submitted to it, as possibly influenced by gambling. The author of the list is unknown. The game has come under a cloud of suspicion since a betting site uncovered irregular gambling patterns on an... More »

Roddick's Best Aced by Federer

Federer wins in three sets, cruises to semis in Flushing Meadows

(Newser) - Despite what Andy Roddick called a mistake-free game, he succumbed for the tenth consecutive time to a characteristically peerless Roger Federer, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Roddick ripped 14 aces, made just 29 unforced errors, and held serve throughout the first two sets.  But it's Federer who will face... More »

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