2005 SHANGHAI MASTERS CUP
David Nalbandian v Nikolai Davydenko
In a battle of superb 2 hand backhands, it was the Argentine that was victorious.
David Nalbandian posted a 6-0, 7-5 defeat of Nikolay Davydenko Saturday to move into the Tennis Masters Cup 2005 final Sunday against Roger FedererNalbandian started out a tear against Davydenko, the fifth seed. The No. 8 Argentine produced a love opening set which took just 25 minutes.
Davydenko committed 13 errors to all but give it away.
But Russian resistance stiffened in the second, with that set going on serve until Davydenko grabbed a 4-2 lead. But a Nalbandian fight back with two more breaks secured success.
The Argentine served out the victory in just under 90 minutes, striking 21 winners and limiting his errors to a mere 13.
Davydenko got one look at a break point against the eight seed, converting it in the second set. But 29 unforced errors was a major weight on his game.
Nalbandian broke on five of ten chances; he becomes the first Argentine to reach the final for 31 years, since Guillermo Vilas won the Masters title in 1974.
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