Russian fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko overcame a surprise first-set loss to beat France`s Florent Serra 6-7, 6-4, 6-1 on Tuesday in an error-strewn first-round battle at the Dubai tennis championships.
The Australian Open men’s quarterfinal gave the world a great contest between Roger Federer and Nikolay Davydenko as the former triumphed 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 to advance to the semis of the first Grand Slam of the year.
Nikolay Davydenko burst into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 victory over Ukraine`s Illya Marchenko on Thursday. The Russian world number six, who has been in top form recently with wins over Roger Federer and Nadal at the Qatar Open, clubbed 27 winners to outclass the Ukrainian qualifier in 109 minutes.
Nikolay Davydenko is due in the Gulf this week, rested and refreshed from his Maldives holiday, and ready to start the 2010 season little more than a month after winning the ATP year-end event in London.