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.
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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|
||Birth place||Manacor, Mallorca, Spain|
|5'10'' (178 cm)||Height||6'1'' (185 cm)|
|154 lbs (70 kg)||Weight||188 lbs (85 kg)|
|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)|
|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|