During Nadal’s golden years, Davydenko was his toughest opponent. It’s not only a matter of their H2H, but also the style of the Russian guy. He was simply able to dominate Nadal totally from the back of the court and the final outcome depended on his winners/errors ratio. In the Shanghai final Davydenko  struck 18 more ground-stroke winners than Nadal ! The Russian took an early initiative and almost got a double break. Then Nadal had his chances – set point at 5:4* (Denko’s overhead) and 30/0 at 6:5. After the match Davydenko stated: “I was so tired at the beginning of the 1st set. At 4-all I was thinking I have no chance to win. I cannot believe it. Beating Djokovic and Nadal it’s something amazing.”
Davydenko’s route to his 18th title (3rd Masters 1K):
2 Igor Kunitsyn 6-4, 6-2
3 Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 7-5
Q Radek Stepanek 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
S Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)
W Rafael Nadal 7-6(3), 6-3
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