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01-05-2010, 01:47 AM #1
Nikolay Davydenko Gears Up For 2010 Tennis Season
Nikolay Davydenko is ready to start the 2010 season little more than a month after winning the ATP year-end event in London. The sixth ranked Russian will be in the court on Thursday at the second edition of the Capitala World Tennis Championship in a six-man field headed by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
That top pairing will have a lighter workload on the three-day special event, with the world number one and two awaiting semi-final opponents from the four other contenders in the field - Swiss Stan Wawrinka, 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French Open finalist Robin Soderling and Davydenko.
Davydenko, who lost the Abu Dhabi semi-final to Nadal a year ago said, “After some time out I feel refreshed and am now very much looking forward to getting back on the court again and returning to the form I showed towards the end of the season.”
In 2009, the 28-year-old has earned five ATP World Tour titles in a season for the second time in his career after 2006.Davydenko looks forward to an injury free year as the ace player had suffered a heel injury that kept him away from court for three months during the first half of 2009.
Davydenko said,"The first few months of the year were tough for me - I missed some big competitions which gave the other players a head start to the season, but I'm very proud of my achievements in 2009. It feels great to have finished the year so well, and I'm looking forward to keeping that momentum going in 2010."
Davydenko plays Tsonga on New Year's Eve in Abu Dhabi while Wawrinka will face Soderling in the afternoon's second match.