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Stuart Dalgleish 17th Oct 2009 - 14:24

Davydenko and Nadal set for Shanghai showdown

Nikolay Davydenko has done his chances of making this year's Tour Finals the world of good thanks to this run through to the final here at the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000.

The Russian has been on great form over the last couple of months, winning three out of his last eight tournaments since July and reaching the quarters of three others, it couldn't have come at a better time with the London showpiece event looming large at the end of the season and he is set to qualify for it for the fifth straight year.

His opponent for this Masters final is former world number one Rafael Nadal who unsurprisingly is favourite to win the match at odds of 1/2 (Davydenko is 6/4).

Rafa has had some good fortune in his run to the final with his last two opponents (Feliciano Lopez and Ivan Ljubicic) both retiring through injury, in the match against Ljubicic the Spaniard actually went a set down before levelling the scores prior to the big Croat pulling out. You have to think he should still have the class to beat Davydenko but without any great court time this will be a really tough test, especially as Davydenko is still chasing a Tour Finals spot.

This intriguing looking clash is available for you to watch for free through William Hill TV, and don't forget while you're watching the action our brilliant In-Play service will bring you a wealth of in-running markets for you to bet on so you needn't look anywhere else.

Below are some stats and facts to guide you in your betting.

Head-to-head stats - how do these two players compare?
Nikolay Davydenko Name Rafael Nadal
6 ATP Shanghai seed 1
7 Current ATP ranking 2
3 (6 November 2006)
Career high ATP ranking 1 (18 August 2008)
2 June 1981 Birth date 3 June 1986
Severodonezk, Ukraine
Birth place Manacor, Mallorca, Spain
5'10'' (178 cm) Height 6'1'' (185 cm)
154 lbs (70 kg) Weight 188 lbs (85 kg)
Right-handed Plays Left-handed
1999 Turned professional 2001
Eduard Davydenko Coach Toni Nadal
3 YTD singles titles 5
44/13 YTD singles won-lost 57/9
$1,353,117 YTD prize money $4,885,323
17 Career singles titles 36
362-226 Career singles won-lost 392-86
$10,955,843 Career prize money $25,642,970
2 Masters 1000 titles 15
0 Grand Slam titles 6
Best Grand Slam results
Quarter-final (05, 06, 07) Australian Open Winner (2009)
Semi-final (2005, 2007) French Open Winner (2005, 06, 07, 08)
4th round (2007) Wimbledon Winner (2008)
Semi-final (2006, 2007) US Open Semi-final (2008, 2009)
Previous meetings
Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score
2009 Barcelona Clay SF Nadal 6-3, 6-2
2008 Masters Series Paris Hard QF Davydenko 6-1 RET
2008 Masters Series Monte Carlo Clay SF Nadal 6-3, 6-2
2008 Masters Series Miami Hard F Davydenko 6-4, 6-2
2007 Masters Series Rome Clay SF Nadal 7-6(3), 6-7(8), 6-4
2006 Tennis Masters Cup Hard RR Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

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