Tuesday, August 4, 2009

King Kolya of AlternaTour

And now to our final weekend winner, though the weekend is long gone - the King of AlternaTour where they play on clay out of season, Nikolay Davydenko.
Kolya typically wins a lot around this time of the year - mainly because no one really sane plays on AlternaTour so he can tear up the court. But for some reason I'm finding him especially ominous this year. Maybe it's the time off he took with injury. Maybe it's just some sort of renewed sense of motivation. But there seems to be a bit of a sharper edge to Kolya right now.
I don't think he can really be considered as a candidate for this year's Juan because hello, Kolya has well and truly arrived. He's been as high as #3 if memory serves and I don't think he's going to get that high again, not with the Hispano-Suisse domination machine still steamrolling around and Muzza on the page... though Djokovic seems to be hanging on by his fingernails. But I just have a feeling about Kolya...
It depends on the side of the draw he ends up in. He has a record against the great one RF that could best be described as 'crap'. However, against Rafa, he's notched a win or two up. And he really is a very, very good player - not a champion, but very consistent and very talented, capable of unseating just about anyone...
How does Nikolay Davydenko, US Open finalist, sound to everyone else?
I'm not calling it - yet. But I'm sure not putting it outside the realms of possibility...
Today's Results
Mason Legg Tennis Classic (Washington)
Mikhail Youzhny def. Robert Kendrick, 7-5 3-6 6-1
Philipp Petzschner def. Teimuraz Gabashvili, 4-6 6-3 6-4
Somdev Devvarman def. Yuichi Sugita, 6-0 7-6 (8-6)
Yen-hsun Lu def. Michael Russell, 4-6 6-1 7-5
Frank Dancevic def. Santiago Giraldo, 6-4 6-3
Alejandro Falla def. Jesse Witten, 6-1 6-4
Lleyton Hewitt def. Donald Young, 7-5 6-2
Marc Gicquel def. Jerzy Janowicz, 7-5 2-6 6-4
LA Women's Tennis Championships (Los Angeles)
Elena Vesnina def. Agnes Szavay, 6-1 6-0
Anna Chakvetadze def. Virginie Razzano, 7-6 (7-5) 6-3
Alona Bondarenko def. Meghann Shaughnessy, 3-6 6-3 6-3
Shahar Peer def. Anastasia Rodionova, 7-5 4-1 retired
Flavia Pennetta def. Varvara Lepchenko, 6-2 5-7 6-0
Jill Craybas def. Francesca Schiavone, 7-6 (9-7) 6-2
Yanina Wickmayer def. Nicola Vaidisova, 6-1 6-1
Shuai Peng def. Michaella Krajicek, 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3

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