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Tennis Star Nikolay Davydenko

Nikolay Davydenko, often referred to as the Russian Machine or Iron Man, made history when he won the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on Sunday 6 April, claiming the title as the first Russian to win this men’s tournament. Beating the world number two tennis player Rafael Nadal (Spain) in under two hours with 6-4, 6-2, Davydenko has become a Russian sensation that has taken the world by storm, one tennis match at a time.

Born on 2 June 1981, in Severodonetsk in Ukraine, he started to gain an interest in tennis from the age of seven. He moved to Russia at the age of eleven, to Volgograd where his brother was training, and where he believed he could find better opportunities. After training in Russia for a few years, he once again had to move, this time to Germany. He was able to play in more tournaments throughout Europe, but in 1999, when he turned professional, he returned to Russia to play as a representative of the country.

He made his debut in the ATP tournaments in 2000 in Amsterdam, and went on to win in Monchengladbach later that year. In 2001, Nikolay Davydenko stepped out at the Australian Open and managed to make it through to the second round. Having to rest due to a back injury in 2002, Davydenko came back onto the ATP trail with more determination than before. In 2003 he won in Adelaide and defeated Agustin Calleri in Estoril to take home another tour title. He rounded this year off by being ranked in the top fifty players in the world.

Nikolay Davydenko continued to play solid tennis. At the Grand Slam Australian Open in 2005, he managed to push through to the quarter finals. After many fantastic placings and wins throughout 2005, he was amongst the top five players in the world. During 2006, Davydenko remained in the top five, and in 2007 he once again started with a quarter final finish at the Australian Open. The French Open saw him compete until the semi-finals and going through to the fourth round of the Wimbledon. At the Canada Masters and the Cincinnati Masters, Davydenko played exceptionally well and went through to the semi-final round of the U.S. Open. He stared 2008 ranked fourth in the world, and was seeded fourth in the 2008 Australian Open. At the Miami Masters, Davydenko took charge and won the title. He then took out Rafael Nadal at the Sony Ericsson Open, a deserved victory.

The future for Nikolay Davydenko looks bright and many tennis enthusiasts will be watching him closely, as it seems that he keeps improving his game with each passing year. At the age of twenty six, his supporters and loyal fans hope that the best is yet to come.


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