In a repeat of last years final, this second round match saw Roger came out in blistering fashion to blow Davydenko off the court 6-2 6-2 in only 54 minutes. It was a JesusFed like performance to be honest, but was helped by the fact Davydenko didn’t play well in the slightest – he lacked on serve and his groundstrokes weren’t able to find consistency.
After winning the toss and electing to serve, Davydenko immediately slipped down to 0-40 after a good return from Fed and then 2 wayward forehands. Roger broke to love and then held to 15 to consolidate it.
Davydenko managed to get on the board in the next game, but he was only going to manage that once more in Set 1 as he went down a double break and Fed took the set 6-2.
In the first set Roger showed exquisite timing from the get go, which isn’t usually the case so early in the season, despite those Exhibition matches in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships being nothing more than a mess about, they may have helped timing and given him a little sharpness.
Set 2 – More of the Same
Any thoughts Roger would take his foot off the gas after cruising the first set were dispelled as he broke immediately at the start of the second set. Roger was really hitting the casing off the ball tonight and was able to dominate points all too freely. Davydenko is only ever effective when he sits tight on the baseline and takes the ball on the rise – which gives his opponents little time and rushes them. A tactic Nikolay has used well against Rafa in the past I might add. Tonight though, he was miles behind the baseline and constantly on the defensive – he has nowhere near the defensive skills of Djokovic so it was really easy pickings for Roger.
I have to say Fed impressed me tonight, he came out in a hurry to get the match done and dusted quicktime, which was a smart ploy considering how late it was getting, mainly due to Nadal’s match with Kolschrieber going to 3 sets before Rafa came through.
Federer vs. Davydenko Match Stats
1st serve %
Winning % on 1st Serve
Winning % on 2nd Serve
Break Points Converted
4 of 7
Bullet Forehand Showcase
Overall, a nice performance from Federer here. I thought, and hoped it would be a little more competitive and feature some nice long rallies but it just wasn’t to be, mainly due to Roger’s groundstrokes finding immense pace off the Doha courts, and partly down to Davydenko looking out of it.
In the next round, which will be
on Wednesday, tomorrow, Roger is playing Slovenian Gregor Zemlja – who I’ve never heard of. They’ve never played before but I don’t see too many surprises coming out of this match, if Roger remembers to bring a racket, then he’ll win, simple. Prediction: 6-2 6-1.