The final of the men’s singles in the 2009 ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in south-east London was between last years runner-up Nikolay Davydenko and this year’s US Open Singles Champion Juan Martin del Potro.
Davydenko went up 3 wins to 1 in head-to-head battles with del Potro by winning the biggest title of his career. The shortest man in the field thoroughly deserved this title. He defeated all of the 2009 slam winners during this event to become the first Russian to win the end of year championships since it began in 1970.
Besides 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, Davydenko defeated the 2009 Australian Open singles champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the round robin. Nadal was the 2008 ATP World Tour Champion.
Davydenko defeated World No.1, 2009 ATP World Tour Champion, French Open and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in the semi-finals. This was the first time Davydenko had ever defeated Federer in their 13 matches.
After the final del Potro said, “He worked hard to beat every player here this week. So maybe I have to improve a little bit the little things. But he played much better than me and that’s it. He played unbelievable tennis.”
In the final Davydenko to control of the match from the outset by moving forward, dictating play and forcing del Potro back behind the baseline as well as preventing del Potro the opportunity to unleash his power forehand. Davydenko went out to a 4-1 lead and closed the set barely losing a point on serve to win 6-3.
The 2nd set was a battle and del Potro imposed himself on the match however, at 4-4 Davydenko’s superior court movement and coverage took its toll and he fought to win the next 2 games and match 6-3 6-4 in 1 hour and 24 minutes in front of the capacity crowd of 17,500.
Davydenko won 1300 ATP ranking points as well as taking home 1,510,000 US dollars for winning the tournament. Davydenko finished the year in style and posted a 57 wins to 17 losses record, which included winning 5 singles titles and $3,636,773 US dollars in prize money.
Del Potro finished the year with 54 wins to 16 losses, 3 singles titles and $4,392,743 US dollars in prize money. Del Potro won 800 ATP ranking points as the runner-up and 740,000 US dollars.
For further details about this event on this tennis website click these links -> ATP World Tour Finals in London, ATP World Tour Finals Draw, Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #1 and Understanding the Men’s Pro Tour #2.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Monica Seles. Seles was born on this day in 1973 and won 9 Grand Slam singles titles (8 representing Yugoslavia and 1 as an American citizen). Seles won 4 Australian Open titles including 3 years in a row 1991-1993 and a 4th in 1996, 3 French Open Championships in a row 1990-1992 and 2 US Open Crowns back to back from 1991-92. She first achieved her highest career ranking of World No.1 on 11 March 1991.
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