Djokovic Drubs Davydenko in Shanghai

by John on November 17, 2008

Novak Djokovic crushed Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 7-5 to win the season-ending Masters Cup final yesterday in Shanghai. The victory completed perfect bookends for the No. 3-ranked Djokovic’s season. Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his first Grand Slam. The Serb also won Masters Series titles at Indian Wells in March and Rome in May. Sunday’s win moved the former Belgrade resident within 10 ranking points of No. 2 Roger Federer. The Masters Cup features the top eight players in the world in a round-robin format. No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal withdrew from the field with a sore knee prior to the tournament and Federer was in less than top form, suffering from an aching back. “I would put it in the same league as a Grand Slam because the best eight players in the world are participating here,” said Djokovic. “I feel very happy. End up the season the way I started it, with a win in a big event. So it’s a great boost to the upcoming season.” Djokovic began Sunday afternoon’s final in blistering form, breaking No. 5 Davydenko’s serve twice to race to a 5-0 lead. The Serb played one of his finest sets of the tournament, dominating and dictating the points and hitting winners from every area of the court. Djokovic broke the Russian in the third game of the second set and served for the match at 5-4, but double faulted on a second break point to hand Davydenko a lifeline. The Serb broke right back, though, and closed out the match with a powerful serve that Davydenko couldn’t return.”It was special because I’ve played in the second part of the season in a couple of finals, and I didn’t manage to win the title for a long time, since Rome,” Djokovic said. “That’s probably the reason I couldn’t close it out at 5-4. I was a bit nervous. It’s not easy you know. There’s a lot of pressure involved. I’m happy I managed to hold my nerves in the end.”

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