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Novak Djokovic vs. Nikolay Davydenko Preview from ATP Montreal 2011

Djokovic plays his first match since winning Wimbledon.
Djokovic plays his first match since winning Wimbledon.Julian Finney/Getty Images
Shane LambertAnalyst IIAugust 9, 2011

Update: Djokovic won this match in straight sets.

Novak Djokovic, the top seeded player at ATP Montreal, received a bye through the first round of the Masters Series 1000 tournament on Monday. However the world No. 1 one will be in action on Tuesday evening as he faces veteran Nikolay Davydenko in a second-round match.

The Russian's best tennis appears to be behind him although he is still ranked 30th in the world and has a recent ATP title from the clay court season (Munich). However since winning in Munich, Davydenko has dropped several matches to players outside of the Top 100 including a loss to Antonio Veic at Roland Garros, a player who was ranked 227th at the time of their second-round match from the French Open.

Davydenko is a proven hard courter and he was the man of the moment in late 2009 when he captured the ATP World Tour title and a Masters shield from Shanghai. However his wrist injury in 2010 has proven to be a turning point for the former world No. 3 and his ground strokes have not been as devastating since his return.

He does not appear to be the player that will stop Djokovic's unbeaten streak on the hard court surface, as the current world No. 1 has not lost a match on cement since the 2010 ATP World Tour finals, his only loss overall coming on clay at the French Open.


Davydenko could ground some optimism in the fact that he has defeated Djokovic twice before, however that is also against three losses. The last time the Russian beat the Serb was at a time when Davydenko was still playing his best.

Tuesday's match between the two players, part of the evening session from Montreal, should be a routine straight sets victory for Djokovic with Davydenko's chances only slightly redeemed by the fact that the world No. 1 has been idle for over a month now.

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