Nicolay Davydenko: First Russian to won the ATP

December 1, 2009


Nicolai Davidenko  A.K.A Iron Man won the ATP Masters in London, his incredible performances took himforward after losing just one match against Novak Djokovic becoming the first Russian to win. Keep reading to learn about Nicolai’s life, career, plus photos and video below.

Nickolay Davydenko

After winning against some of the best tennis layers in the world such as Roger Federer, Robin Soderling and finally Juan Martin del Potro which led him to win the ATP masters the first Russian in winning. This victory rewards great regularity the top echelon of  the Russian who was participating for the fifth consecutive time in the great event of the season finale against the best of the year.

Juan Martin commented that Nicolai  plays like a playstation making it so difficult to beat him and it is his distinctive signature play, the way at the end of a game print an infernal pace from the bottom of the court thanks to the speed that allows him to arrive at the balls.

Davydenko was born on June 2, 1981, in Severodonetsk, his parents are Vladimir and Tatyana. At age 11, Nicholas left his family in Ukraine to live with his brother Eduard in Russia, thinking there he might find more opportunities to develop a career as a tennis player.
Russian Davydenko was nationalized in 1999, at age 18, and represented that country since then. In 2007 began the proceedings for Austrian citizenship (and thus obtain dual citizenship) and tried in 2000 with Germany, pending frustration due to negligence in the management of the Germanic Federation Court, to which Davydenko would be invoked as an intermediary. Regarding his motivations to obtain Austrian citizenship Davydenko said: "Austria offers training conditions much better than Russia. Moreover, the Austrian passport will be much easier to travel the world without visa" He also stated that, obtaining dual citizenship, he would wearing Russian colors.

In 2007, Davydenko held many headlines for its connection to the betting mafia and was accused of purposely losing to rivals who clearly saw a favorite. The controversy erupted when Nikolai withdrew from the tournament in Sopot, Poland, after winning the first set against Martin Vassallo Arguello. The bookmaker Betfair reported her surprise then, after the Russian won the first set, Internet betting against his defeat reached seven million. His attorney, Frank Inmenga, recently stated that he expected a speedy termination of the investigation conducted by former Scotland Yard detectives, which would weigh the innocence of Russian. According to the English press, a decision favorable to Davydenko would glimpse a lawsuit against damages against his image.

In 2006, after the triumph in the Davis Cup, Davydenko married his girlfriend and traveling companion, Irina. His current residence is Volgograd, Russia. His brother, Eduard, remains his coach.

Davydenko began playing at age 7 with his brother. In his early years as a junior, he moved to Saltmal, Germany, in order to increase their activity and therefore enhance their tennis sport and economically. Nikolai turned professional in 1999. In 2000 he played middle-class tournaments, capturing a title and reached three finals in championships Future.

He made his ATP debut in Amsterdam, making the semifinals. Then in August, won his first Challenger title in Monchengladbach, Germany.

In 2001, Davydenko debuted in his first Grand Slam at the Australian Open where he reached the second round after losing to Patrick Rafter in 4 sets. This performance attracted the attention of the public, highlighting the Russian for his talent and skill. Later he won two Challenger titles in Ulm, Germany, and Istanbul, Turkey. He finished the season reaching the quarter-finals in Basel.

In 2005 begins in good shape, by making the quarterfinals for the first time in a Grand Slam at the Australian Open. Then he captured his fifth ATP title in St Polten, defeating hometown favorite Austrian Jurgen Melzer. Following a strong performance, reaching the semifinals at the Masters Series Hamburg and also in the French Open, the prestigious Roland Garros. He lost the semifinal with Argentina’s Mariano Puerta in the marker set 3-6 7-5 6-2 4-6 4-6; this sparked controversy after it was discovered that Puerta played that tournament under doping, which earned him expulsion from the professional tennis circuit. Thanks to this result Nikolai moved into the top 10 players in the world for the first time in his career. At the end of the year he reached the quarterfinals at Cincinnati Masters Series in Paris too. After this great season, Davydenko classifies the end of the year tournament, the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai for the first time, losing in the semifinal against Argentina’s David Nalbandian, who won the cup. He finished the year as the Russian No. 1 and No. 5 in the world.

After his rapid ascent in 2005, Nikolai began as top 5 in 2006, replicating their quarter-final at the Australian Open, where he would lose to eventual champion Roger Federer by 4-6 6-3 6-7 (7 ) 6-7 (5). Achieves the final in Estoril and the quarterfinals in Hamburg TMS. He defended his title in Kitzbühel and made the quarterfinals at Roland Garros. He fell early at Wimbledon but regains winning in Sopot level, for the first time on American soil, in the New Haven ATP. After a good hard court season, reached his second semifinal in a Grand Slam, losing to Roger Federer in the U.S. Open. Finished the season by winning in Moscow against Russia’s Marat Safin, then, for the first time in his career, getting a Masters Series in Paris, against Slovakian Dominik Hrbaty. He also claims victory of Russia in the Davis Cup against Argentina. For these results, Davydenko fails to reach the No. 3 position in the world rankings after the Swiss Roger Federer and Spanish Rafael Nadal.

In 2007 he left again with the quarter-finals in Australia, for the third consecutive year. His first season was a little slow, but managed to find his tennis in the Rome Masters, losing in the semifinal against the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, in an amazing  meeting was close with a tight score, 6-7, 7-6, 4-6. His performance went on, and allowed him to regain the semifinals at Roland Garros, where historical fall with his executioner, Roger Federer, 5-7, 6-7, 6-7. At Wimbledon, he stunned the tennis world, reaching the quarterfinals at the surface, as said, it costs more unfold. On the hard court season in America, Nikolai exhibited good tennis at the Masters Series in Toronto and Cincinnati, reached the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. After a long preparation on hard court, Davydenko was able to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open for second consecutive year, losing again to Federer 5-7, 1-6, 5-7. He defended the title won in Moscow by defeating France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu.

In 2008, falls into the fourth round of Australian Open in the hands of his fellow Russian Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 6-3 6-1. After reaching the semifinals at the ATP Dubai, where it falls to the Spanish Feliciano Lopez 6-4 4-6 7-5 in a tight encounter. In the Indian Wells Masters Series third round falls into the hand of a surprising 6-3 Mardy Fish 6-2, but recovered in the TMS Miami, where he reached the final after beating Andy Roddick for the first time in his career in their sixth 7-6 6-2 in a match of high quality tennis. This level is maintained in the final, where he defeated Rafael Nadal for the first time also, by an emphatic 6-4 6-2, and thus the second Masters Series win of his career.

In 2009, Davydenko made his appearance in Chennai, which reached the second round and withdrew with a foot injury, could not play the Australian Open and waited until the tournament in Rotterdam, where he fell into the second round to Julien Benneteau. His injury sidelined him for the Davis Cup and the Masters Series Indian Wells and Miami.
After his injury he returned to the court in April to play the Masters Series Monte Carlo, llegoo to the quarter-finals and fell to Andy Murray in straight sets 6-7 (1), 4-6.
Reached the semifinals in Barcelona in the Conde de Godo tournament falling to Rafael Nadal after winning, also reached the semis at Estoril and losing to James Blake in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros finalist Robin Soderling of that year, made rooms Masters final in Canada after losing to the winner Andy Murray.

He won his first tournament in July in a tournament in Hamburg (former ATP Masters Open ATP 1000 and now 500), defeating the French player Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-2, and the following weekend won the Umag tournament by defeating the Spanish tennis star Juan Carlos Ferrero for a convincing 6-3, 6-0.
Two months later he continued the good run by the Asian tour getting the tournament in Kuala Lumpur against Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 7-5. This tournament will be premiered this year its category ATP World Tour 250.
The following weekend he won his third ATP Masters 1000 at the Shanghai Masters, beating again to another Spanish Rafael Nadal 7-6, 6-3 in the semifinals beating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6 — 4 and 7-6 (1), honors again in Shanghai as ATP Masters 1000, because this took the place of the tournament in Hamburg. It is also celebrated here in the Tennis Masters Cup tennis final of the season, from 2005 to 2008.

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Check out some photos of Kolya here and the victorious video below.


Nicolay Davydenko video


Photos: Hume, HSV25

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