Today’s Qatar Exxon Mobil Final must go down as one of the all time greatest comebacks by any player. After losing 6-0 in the first set, Nicolay Davydenko rallied to win 0-6, 7-6, 6-4 against Rafael Nadal. Nadal had match points in the tie breaker but couldn’t put the game Russian away. He led 4-1 in the fourth set, but Davydenko came back to tie and then go ahead. Nadal, who was outplayed by the ground strokes of Davydenko, continued with his game plan that had worked in the first set when Davydenko was still asleep, but he should have changed when it became obvious that Davydenko was hitting the ball with perfect depth, and close to the lines.
Davydenko is now one of the few players who have beaten both Nadal and Federer in tournament, and he has pulled of the feat twice!
Davydenko is the hottest player on the ATP Tour right now and must be considered as a potential winner of the upcoming Aussie Open. In past Grand Slams he has failed to be consistent over the two week period of a slam, and has only made a final on one occasion.