x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Gritty Davydenko frustrates Mathieu's bid for title

Russian Nikolay Davydenko clinches his first title of the season beating Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-2 to win the German Open.

Russian Nikolay Davydenko clinched his first title of the season yesterday, when he beat Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-2 to win the German Open. Second seed and world No 12, Davydenko dropped only one set on his way to the title. A break put Mathieu 3-1 up in the first set but the gritty Russian - who frustrated the world No 39 with fierce returns of serve - immediately raced back to win four straight games, including two breaks, to go 5-3 up and win the first set two games later.

Davydenko then quickly opened up a 4-1 lead before the pair traded breaks and the Russian then served out the match. Irrespective of whether he would have lifted the trophy early this morning, Sam Querrey was thrilled with the way he was playing tennis of late. The third-seeded Sam Querrey cruised into the Indianapolis Championships final with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Canada's Frank Dancevic on Saturday, and was to face his fellow American Robby Ginepri for the title early today.

Ginepri beat John Isner 6-4 6-3 in Saturday's other semi-final. But the much-improved Querrey drew a lot of positives from the fact that he had beaten many of his practice mates - including Arnaud Clement in the first round. "I've trained 150 times with each of those guys, but we've never played a [ATP] Tour match," Querrey said. "I've had three semi-finals here and now I've finally gone past that. I feel great, I've really improved my movement a lot from last season, that is key."

The world No 37 also made last week's final at Newport, Rhode Island, losing to Rajeev Ram. As for Ginepri, he was happy with his run of form too. "I had a lot of ups and downs in the past years," Ginepri said. "I am trying to find the form from 2005." * With agencies