2006 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

3rd Round

ROGER FEDERER v NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO

6-4 3-6 7-6  7-6

 

 

Federer got through to the semifinals in Melbourne, but he has had to work for it.  Davydenko is a grinder and was ready to run down every shot and force the Swiss champ to construct solid points with positioning.   Davydenko's tactics forced Federer into making uncharacteristic errors, but Roger eventually wore down his tiring opponent.

Davydenko produced some superb tennis but could not convert six set points in the crucial third set.

But with the match sent into a second tie-break, Federer got to two match points and finally clinched the win on his second with a blistering serve down the middle.

"I always have tough matches against Nikolay and this was the same," Federer admitted afterwards.

"Usually when I scramble it's because of my opponent. It was a fantastic match.

"He plays well on this surface and he definitely pushed me hard, but I still came through."

Davydenko said: "I knew how I needed to play against Federer to beat him, but it was very difficult - too much running, like I did in the first and second and the third set."

 

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