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Top-seed Ferrer upset by forgotten man Davydenko

Published on Jan 5, 2013 6:17 AM
Spain's David Ferrer returns the ball to Russia's Nikolay Davydenko during their semi-finals tennis match of the Qatar Open tournament in Doha on January 4, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

DOHA (AFP) - Top-seeded David Ferrer was sensationally denied a place in the final of the Qatar Open on Friday by forgotten man Nikolay Davydenko.

The 31-year-old Russian, without a win over a top 10 player in 15 attempts, and without an appearance in a final for 21 months, clinched a stunning 6-2, 6-3 win over one of the tour's most tenacious players.

Davydenko beat the Spaniard with a bullying brilliance which reminded people a little of the successive victories he produced over Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal when he capture the title in Doha three years ago.

Since then Davydenko has been hit by injuries, loss of form, and even loss of direction, sinking to an eight-year low of world number 50 last year. He is still outside the top 40.

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