68 Facts About Nikolay Davydenko

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Nikolay Vladimirovich Davydenko is a Ukrainian-born Russian former professional tennis player.

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Nikolay Davydenko achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No 3 in November 2006.

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Nikolay Davydenko started playing tennis at the age of 7 with his brother Eduard, nine years his senior.

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Nikolay Davydenko motivated his brother's move by the fact Nikolay's professional growth at home was impossible.

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In 1999, at the age of 18, Nikolay Davydenko changed his Ukrainian citizenship to the Russian one.

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Nikolay Davydenko was motivated by the difficulties obtaining travel visa with the Russian passport.

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Nikolay Davydenko speaks Russian as a native language, German as his second one, and English.

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Nikolay Davydenko started playing at the age of seven with his brother, Eduard.

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Nikolay Davydenko made his ATP debut at Amsterdam, reaching the semifinal.

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Nikolay Davydenko finished the season with a quarterfinal showing in Basel.

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In 2002, Nikolay Davydenko continued to play on both the ATP Tour and in Challenger events.

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Nikolay Davydenko opened the season with his first ATP title in Adelaide, defeating Kristof Vliegen in the final.

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Nikolay Davydenko's season was backed up with solid performances on clay in Barcelona and St Polten, reaching the quarterfinal and final, respectively.

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Nikolay Davydenko's progress continued in 2004, capturing two more titles for the second consecutive year.

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Nikolay Davydenko backed up his win by reaching the semifinal in Stuttgart, losing to Guillermo Canas.

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Nikolay Davydenko finished the season in the top 30 for the first time.

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Nikolay Davydenko continued his solid form by reaching the semifinals of the Hamburg Masters and his first semifinal of a Grand Slam at the French Open.

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Nikolay Davydenko reached the top 10 for the first time after the 2005 French Open.

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Nikolay Davydenko closed out the year by reaching the quarterfinals at the Cincinnati Masters and the Paris Masters.

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Nikolay Davydenko had another solid clay-court season, reaching the final in Estoril and the quarterfinal, at the Hamburg Masters.

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21.

Nikolay Davydenko defended his title in Poertschach and reached the quarterfinal at the French Open for the second year.

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22.

Nikolay Davydenko's form continued after an early loss at Wimbledon with wins in Sopot and his first American win in New Haven.

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23.

Nikolay Davydenko reached his second Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open, losing to Roger Federer.

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Nikolay Davydenko finished the season with a win in Moscow and his first career TMS title in Paris.

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Nikolay Davydenko won his eleventh career title in Moscow, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu.

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26.

Nikolay Davydenko played in the Red group round robin, losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 2:0 sets, losing to Andy Roddick 2:1 sets, and beating Fernando Gonzales 2:0 sets, thus finishing 3rd in the group, meaning he did not reach the knockout stage.

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Nikolay Davydenko started 2008 at the Australian Open, where he was seeded fourth.

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Nikolay Davydenko then went on to win his biggest career title to date at the Miami Masters.

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Nikolay Davydenko then reached the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

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Nikolay Davydenko started the year at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, which featured six of the world's best players.

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Nikolay Davydenko defeated Daniel Kollerer in straight sets, but was forced to withdraw before his second-round match against Lukas Dlouhy because of a left heel injury.

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32.

The injury he sustained in Chennai earlier in the year returned, forcing Nikolay Davydenko to withdraw from the 1000 Series tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami.

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33.

Nikolay Davydenko was able to play at Roland Garros and convincingly advanced to the quarterfinals.

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34.

Nikolay Davydenko lost in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Pilot Pen Tennis to Sam Querrey.

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Nikolay Davydenko started the year at the exhibition event in Abu Dhabi, but was defeated in the first round by David Ferrer.

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At the Australian Open, Nikolay Davydenko won his first three rounds without dropping a set, before beating Spain's Fernando Verdasco in five sets.

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Nikolay Davydenko then went to Rotterdam to play in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

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38.

Nikolay Davydenko was the second seed but, in the semifinal against Sweden's Robin Soderling Davydenko landed on his wrist, and injured it.

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39.

Nikolay Davydenko returned to the grass court in Halle, after missing the 2010 French Open.

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Nikolay Davydenko played despite his doctor's advising him against playing the tournament.

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41.

Nikolay Davydenko reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 China Open, but failed to defend his title in the Shanghai Rolex Masters and fell out the top 10 for the first time in over a year.

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Nikolay Davydenko then reached three consecutive quarterfinals in the 2010 Open Sud de France, 2010 Valencia Open 500, and 2010 BNP Paribas Masters.

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Nikolay Davydenko did not qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

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Nikolay Davydenko dropped out of the top 20 for the first time in over.

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Nikolay Davydenko then fell in the opening rounds of 2011 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and 2011 Open 13 to Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Gilles Simon, respectively.

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Nikolay Davydenko did slightly better at the US Open, winning his first-round match against Argentinian Guido Pella but losing in the second round to local Mardy Fish in five sets.

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In July 2012 Nikolay Davydenko represented the Russian Federation at the 2012 London Olympic Games, with the tennis tournament being played at Wimbledon.

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Nikolay Davydenko finished 2012 with an ATP singles ranking of 44, down from 41 at the start of 2012.

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Nikolay Davydenko started his 2013 season by reaching the finals of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in January after defeating Spain's David Ferrer in the semifinals.

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Nikolay Davydenko then took on Richard Gasquet, the world number 10, in the final, eventually losing in 3 sets.

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Nikolay Davydenko lost to Daniel Brands in the first round of the Qatar Open.

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Nikolay Davydenko was beaten by Richard Gasquet in the second round of the Australian Open.

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53.

Nikolay Davydenko began his clay court season with a first round loss to Albert Ramos Vinolas at the Barcelona Open.

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Nikolay Davydenko won his first clay court match of the season at the Dusseldorf Open by defeating Dudi Sela before losing to Jiri Vesely second round.

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55.

Sources close to the Russian Davis Cup team and tennis federation said that Nikolay Davydenko had decided to retire and that he would be honoured with a farewell ceremony at that year's Kremlin Cup.

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Nikolay Davydenko employed an offensive baseline game, using deep and penetrating groundstrokes on both wings.

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Nikolay Davydenko's groundstrokes were technically efficient on both forehand and backhand.

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Nikolay Davydenko's best shot was his backhand, which he could hit down the line, cross court, or with extreme angles.

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Nikolay Davydenko was known for his running shots which he took early and often turned into winners.

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Nikolay Davydenko's serve was technically correct and very consistent, even though it lacked the fire-power to become a serious weapon.

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Nikolay Davydenko's style made him an effective player on any surface, however he was most successful on hard and clay courts, as he had not made any significant breakthroughs on grass.

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Nikolay Davydenko's volleys were not as consistent as his groundstrokes, though he did have one of the best swinging volleys on tour.

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Many tennis analysts criticized Nikolay Davydenko for lacking variation in his game due to the fact that he mainly played from the baseline with his consistent groundstrokes.

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Nikolay Davydenko's difficulty closing matches lost him numerous important matches after holding the lead.

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Nikolay Davydenko wore Asics shoes and clothing towards the end of his career.

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66.

In January 2007, Nikolay Davydenko was fined AU$10,000 and apologised to Sydney International organisers after criticising the tournament for being "too small" and withdrawing from the tournament due to injury.

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Nikolay Davydenko withdrew from the match during the third set with a foot injury.

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Nikolay Davydenko was later fined $2000 by the ATP, but the fine was rescinded upon appeal.

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