Lawn Tennis
Roger Federer Downs Davydenko, Back To Winning Ways
By Ken Miller, Lawn Tennis Correspondent, Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 5:55am CST USA
Roger Federer Downs Davydenko, Back To Winning Ways
Photo by Ng Han Guan/AP
Shanghai--( In round robin play Wednesday at the Masters Cup, world number one Roger Federer of Switzerland snapped his losing streak of two matches as he defeated Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-4, 6-3 behind a smooth slice backhand and a strong net game.

Too many errors early in the match also put Davydenko at a quick disadvantage.

To the left: Swiss Roger Federer receives his ATP World Number One trophy by ranking during the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai in Shanghai, China, Tuesday.

In set one Federer's game proved to be a bit more solid as he broke Davyenko's serve at 3-4 after hitting a crosscourt forehand volley winner. Davydenko broke back in the very next game to 4-5 however with a netted Federer topspin backhand.

The first doublefault from Davydenko of the match put Federer at set point. A Davydenko crosscourt overhead sent wide gave Federer the set, which had seen Federer win 9 of 11 net points.

Two breaks of Davydenko's serve at the start of the second set saw Federer jump ahead 5-1. Davydenko would take the next two games before Federer would serve for the match a second time. A Federer backhand stab volley winner and a Davydenko backhand crosscourt long decided the last two points as Federer won the match to advance to a round robin match number three versus American Andy Roddick later this week.

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