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“1821: Nadal, I’ve noticed, has a problem with his shorts, in that they keep on getting stuck up his jacksie and he has to pull them out before every point. Not sure why he doesn’t just get a size up, he’s probably loaded.”

Federer v Davydenko as it happened

US Open, Flushing Meadows Semi-final result:


7-5 6-1 7-5

* denotes server

By Piers Newbery

Third set:

2234: Do not, under any circumstances, go to bed. I’ll be back at 0100 BST for the women’s final after a couple of hours in a BBC sleep pod.

Federer 7-5 Davydenko
Quick as a flash, Federer wraps it up with a love game and he’s back in the final to face Novak Djokovic. The crowd waves goodbye to Davydenko as he leaves the stadium to be reunited with Irina. Every cloud….

Federer 6-5 Davydenko
We haven’t seen too much Federer magic today, at least not consistently, but he finds the moment to produce a wonderful backhand pass and an even better forehand to set up break point. Davydenko duly double faults.

Federer 5-5 Davydenko
Finally we get some real drama. Davydenko gets a couple of set points and misses by a whisker with a return on the first before an epic rally. Both players give it everything until N-Dav puts a forehand just wide and drops to his knees in frustration. Federer comes through with a big forehand to hold serve – haven’t written that for a while.

2219: “Please tell me Piers. Why aren’t the bbc channel showing the two finals?!”
From Faris via text (It’s all to do with rights and we don’t have them for the US Open, although we do show the other three Grand Slam events)

Federer 4-5 Davydenko
Zero, in answer to my previous question. Davydenko sticks a smash into the bottom of the net to trail 0-30 and puts a forehand wide soon after to go 15-40 behind. Federer scrambles brilliantly to set up the forehand, which he thumps away.

Federer 3-5 Davydenko
Another game, another break, another shot of Irina – for that is her name – Davydenko. Her husband does the business with more heavy groundstrokes as Federer continues to be very erratic. What are the chances of him serving out to love?

Federer 3-4 Davydenko
Guess what? That’s right. Federer breaks back, dictating the second point with some fierce forehands and taking his second break point in a magnificent rally, finished off with a forehand down the line. I officially retract my earlier Kuznetsova v Chakvetadze comment.

Federer 2-4 Davydenko
Federer spoons a forehand long to go to 30-30 and Davydenko wins a spectacular next point with a stunning lob. Federer double faults and is broken again. This is turning into Kuznetsova v Chakvetadze.

Federer 2-3 Davydenko
You’ve got to laugh. Unless you’re Nikolay Davydenko. He double faults to slip to 0-40 and misses with a backhand on the second. That could be the last time we get to see N-Dav’s wife this year.

Federer 1-3 Davydenko
Davydenko gets a chance to take the initiative in this set as two superb backhands get him to break point, but he then misses with a return. A second break point chance arrives for Davydenko and he converts when Federer misses with a forehand. This prompts another camera shot of N-Dav’s wife, which cheers me right up. And there’s Ilie Nastase for the ladies.

Federer 1-2 Davydenko
Davydenko fends off another couple of break points and he’s being typically gritty. The crowd enjoys Van Morrison’s karaoke classic ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ during the changeover. Can’t see the relevance myself.

Federer 1-1 Davydenko
A double fault gets Federer off on the wrong foot and he falls 15-30 behind but recovers. Apparently Rick Moranis and Brazilian model Gisele are in the crowd today. Not together, as far as I know.

2143: “I think this is Djokovic’s shout – he’s not only up for for challenge but up to it – so go all the way and let’s see a few tables turn in men’s tennis.”
From anon via text on 81111

Federer 0-1 Davydenko
Davydenko keeps the match alive, just, by battling back from 0-40 to hold serve. It’s deathly quiet on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the moment. What happened to Huey Lewis and the News?

Second set:

Federer 6-1 Davydenko
N-Dav rediscovers his best form to earn four break points, but unfortunately at 5-1 down. Federer saves the first with a service winner and the second with some sharp volleying. Davydenko earns a third with a blistering forehand winner, Federer sticks an ace down the middle. A mighty forehand sees off the danger for a fourth time and finally Federer gets a set point, which he converts. Some decent tennis but not much sign of an upset.

2127: “There’s usually plenty of police in Newquay on a saturday night mopping up the stag & hen parties. you don’t need a ticket.”
From LC via text

Federer 5-1 Davydenko
It all goes a bit Mansour Bahrami on the first point, Federer hitting three successive backhand drive volleys at Davydenko, the third clipping the net and hopping over the Russian’s racquet. Federer gets to break point three times but cannot convert. On the fourth he hits the most incredible, deep, swerving forehand for a winner. Pretty special that.

Federer 4-1 Davydenko
Davydenko catches Federer snoozing with one return taken early but from 30-30 the champ smacks a big serve and a winner to hold.

2117: “Hi Piers. It’s awful quiet. do you think everyone else has gone out?”
From LC, Newquay, Cornwall, via text (I certainly hope so, it is Saturday after all. I had a ticket to see The Police tonight, not sure if I’m missing out or not)

Federer 3-1 Davydenko
Davydenko stops Federer’s run of five games despite being hauled back from 40-0 to deuce. Catherine Zeta-Jones looks on from the stands. Perfick.

Federer 3-0 Davydenko
It’s all slipping away very quickly now as Federer thumps down an ace to consolidate his service break.

Federer 2-0 Davydenko
Davydenko double faults on break point and it’s looking all but over already.

2108: “He’s wearing a white hat, white shirt, white shorts and has a white towel – he’s a White Russian. What’s in a White Russian? Vodka, Kahlua and cream?”
Jonathan Overend on 5live Sports Extra

Federer 1-0 Davydenko
Federer plays an air shot on the second point, giving hope to park players everywhere, before Davydenko misses a half-chance with a pass at 30-30 and the Swiss holds from deuce.

First set:

Federer 7-5 Davydenko
A wild double fault sees Davydenko slip to 15-30 but Federer makes a poor error on the backhand. Davydenko then thumps a forehand long and it’s set point for the champion. Federer attacks the net and Davydenko fails with an attempted pass. The Russian drops his first set of the tournament. It may not be the last.

Federer 6-5 Davydenko
Another running Federer forehand down the line draws a few gasps from the crowd and he follows up with an ace to take the game. The stadium PA kicks in with ‘Born to be Wild’ – possibly in honour of Davydenko.

Federer 5-5 Davydenko
Davydenko gets back on level terms with a love game and we get a shot of his wife in the stands. Hmmmm.

Federer 5-4 Davydenko
Who would have thought it? Davydenko gets a couple of break points but Federer plays a blistering backhand approach and slides away the backhand volley on the first. The Russian takes the initiative on the second, though, and slams a forehand into the corner.

Federer 5-3 Davydenko
Federer has now got the measure of Davydenko’s serve, which is not one of the bigger weapons in the men’s game. The Russian saves another two break points but double faults on a third. Oh dear.

Federer 4-3 Davydenko
The Federer serve is working better, the forehand is firing and the power is starting to be a little much for Davydenko.

Federer 3-3 Davydenko
Yep, there we go. Davydenko misses a break point and Federer immediately makes him pay. The Russian recovers from 0-40 to deuce, then saves a fourth break point with a big forehand, but Federer takes his fifth chance with a beautiful off-forehand winner.

Federer 2-3 Davydenko
Yikes. Davydenko is in great form, smacking a forehand winner on the first point and then taking command of the net and punching away a volley for 0-30. He is pegged back to 30-30 but then finds an outrageous backhand winner down the line for break point. The mini-crisis finally awakens Federer and he wins a great rally with a running backhand. Two decent serves and the Swiss holds – a half-chance for Davydenko but he might regret not taking it.

Federer 1-3 Davydenko
Federer has a chance at 15-30 but makes two errors off the ground and he looks as flat as a pancake at the moment.

Federer 1-2 Davydenko
Federer gets off the mark with a sortie to the net followed by an ace.

Federer 0-2 Davydenko
And Davydenko wraps up a love game with a heavy forehand winner down the line that sends Federer sprawling. Interesting.

Federer 0-1 Davydenko
A huge upset is looming here after Federer is broken in the first game. OK, that might be overplaying it a touch but a few unforced errors hand Davydenko the opener.

2006: It’s hard to see past the world number one here as he goes into the match with a rather convincing 9-0 record against Davydenko, including a victory in last year’s US semi.

Federer has lost six matches this season and had the odd worrying moment in New York, notably against John Isner and Feliciano Lopez.

But as usual the Swiss found a way to win and he then produced a ruthless display to see off Andy Roddick in the much-hyped quarter-final.

As for Davydenko, he may not be Mr Glamour but Federer describes him as a “fabulous” player and he is deservedly number four in the world.

However, it’s a long way from number four to number one.

Story from BBC SPORT


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