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- - Great work by Federer to pull that one out of the fire: he was a set and a break down, and staring down three break poitns deep into the final set. Huge credit to Davydenko, that was probably the we've seen him play in a couple of years. Join us tomorrow afternoon for the final, Roger Federer v Juan Martin Del Potro. See you then!
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3 6-4: GAME SET AND MATCH! Federer is ruthless and desperate as he blitzes his way past Davydenko in that final game, winning to 15 thanks in main part to three stunning forehand winners.
- - You felt that was always coming after Davydenko blew those chances in the previous game. Federer pumps his fists and will serve for the match.
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3 5-4: BREAK! Federer wins an epic point to get to 0-30, with Davydenko clumsily overhitting a drop volley. Then, on the next point the Russian goes wide to hand over three break points - and Davydenko's overdelicate drop volley on the first of them topples back on his side of the net.
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3 4-4: From deuce Federer aces again to get to advantage, then Davydenko goes wide with a backhand return. What a chance missed for Davydenko - and what a hold for Federer, reeling off five points in a row!
- - Deuce! Federer loses his timing completely at the start of the game, with three awful errors - two easy shots wide and one long - giving up three break points! Davydenko misses the first chance as he goes wide with a forehand, chokes a backhand into the net on the next, then Federer aces to save a third! Incredible tennis!
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3 3-4: Davydenko holds comfortably as he tightens up his shotmaking in that game, not making a single unforced error. The knee is no longer niggling him from the looks of things, and it feels like a tie-break is looming.
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3 3-3: Davydenko overeggs a forehand trying to put a point to bed, missing by a foot when he had the court at his mercy - then the Russian can only net Federer's high-kicking serve on the next point.
- - Deuce! Federer's serve - untouchable for the last 45 minutes or so - suddenly wobbles, and before we know it Davydenko holds 0-30 against the Swiss. Fed pulls it back with a good serve, but a magical return ace gives up a break point... Saved by Federer with an stinging wide serve to set up the easiest of volley winners.
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3 2-3: Davydenko finally has an easier service game, but only by flailing at his serve as if he's trying to remove the covering. You feel that as the match goes on Federer has to be hot favourite, but the Russian's efforts are actually pretty inspiring.
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3 2-2: Federer's serve is untouchable once again, with Davydenko's one point in that game coming courtesy of a lone perfect forehand return
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3 1-2: The Russian finishes off a fantastic save of serve with an awe-inspiring cross-court on the run and a perfect forehand winner that lands exactly on the inside edge of the line. He's determined not to give up hope of his best win in a couple of years.
- - Deuce! Davydenko is struggling but just won't give up: he gives up two break points, but saves both - the second with a great piece of anticipation to cut out Federer's cross-court volley. Beautiful tennis from both players.
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3 1-1: The Swiss eases through that service game for the loss of just one point. He couldn't hit the proverbial barn door with his serve for most of the first set and a bit, but is firing it beautifully now.
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3 0-1: Fabulous hold by the Russian! Davydenko blows his advantage with a double fault, nets on the next point to give up another break point and looks lost. But a forehand winner from nowhere saves him after an epic point, and he goes on to close the game out with a second serve ace.
- - Deuce! Davydenko's shoulders are slumping and his head is going - at 0-30 he wins a challenge, but still gets cross with the umpire who had overruled in the first place. His next backhand is slapped into the net giving up two break points. Yet he saves them both and goes to advantage!
- - FEDERER 4-6 6-3: SET! The Swiss legend blazes through the final game of the set with four unplayable serves. Davydenko manages to get the rim of his racquet to the first three, each time giving up easy winners, before Federer closes out the set with an ace.
- - FEDERER 4-6 5-3: BREAK! Federer has thrown off his earlier malaise and is now cruising in this set as he bamboozles Davydenko with some lovely shots, a perfect cross-court passing shot the pick of them. The Russian fights back to get to deuce, but misses wide with a drop volley then gets punished for a weak second serve to lose the game.
- - Davydenko has called for the trainer and is having his knee massaged - he appeared to slip while netting a backhand on that last point.
- - FEDERER 4-6 4-3: The Swiss is getting the bit between his teeth, ripping Davydenko apart with some lovely serves in that game and charging the net aggressively. Davydenko, spooked, starts making errors.
- - FEDERER 4-6 3-3: BREAK! Federer wins a break point as Davydenko nets at 30-30, then Davydenko blows it by charging the net and volleying long. Federer is right back in the set.
- - FEDERER 4-6 2-3: The world number three finds some better rhythm on his serve there to keep his opponent at bay and get to 40-15, but the Russian rips a scorching backhand winner to remind everyone who's on top. Davydenko misses his next backhand to lose the game, but still looks in charge.
- - FEDERER 4-6 1-3: Federer gets a peek at a break back at 15-30, but a wide forehand cedes the advantage back to Davydenko. A big serve from the Russian gives him game point, and Federer nets a backhand in short order to help Davydenko consolidate his break.
- - FEDERER 4-6 1-2: BREAK! A Federer mistake and a gorgeous drop shot from Davydenko give the Russian 0-30, then a backhand hit long by Fed gives up three break points... and when Federer goes long with a straightforward forehand, Davydenko has the break. The Russian is in total control, Federer is in total disarray. What is going on?
- - FEDERER 4-6 1-1: Fed earns a break point at 30-40, but the Russian saves it with a clever disguised serve out wide. With both players going for the lines it's a hard-fought deuce, but a backhand winner down the line gives Davydenko advantage, and then Federer nets a simple forehand on the next point. A chance missed.
- - FEDERER 4-6 1-0: The Swiss maestro gets back on track with a hold of serve to 15, but still looking a little sloppy - in stark contrast to the Russian, who is harrying for every point.
- - FEDERER 4-6 SET! Fed nets with a poor forehand. Back to deuce. Phew. Davydenko is serving for the set remember... But a shocking low volley into net from the Russian and it's break point again. Killer forehand as Fed only just returns and it's deuce. Strong second serve and set point Davydenko! On to a rally, the Russian gives Fed the runaround for a bit before it evens out - then Fed mis-hits a forehand long and it's a set to Davydenko!!!
- - FEDERER 4-5 Federer is making Davydenko work hard to hold - at 40-30 to Davydenko it's called out on the Russian, but he's sure it was in so challenges.... AND IT WAS! Clap clap Nikolay! Replay the point though - but he was vindicated. Fed was out with his next shot too. Wah. But Davydenko goes long next and it's deuce. And now break point Fed with a killer return. This is not fair on the Russian, not one bit...
- - FEDERER 4-5 BREAK! A wild backhand again from Fed brings it to 30-15, then he overhits a forehand smash to 30-30. Davydenko yelps. ACE. 40-30. But Fed mis-hits a backhand from deep, up in the air and deuce. And break point as Davydenko lofts a backhand on the run that catches Fed out, the Swiss weakly netting! Break point no.2! On second serve we have a rally and Fed nets with a poorly-guided low backhand! Break Davydenko!!
- - FEDERER 4-4 Very solid hold from Davydenko, hitting firmly and crisply. He's playing as well as I've seen in a while.
- - FEDERER 4-3 A great point by Davydenko but Fed kills a wristy backhand volley beyond the Russia to go 30-15 up. Fed holds as Daydenko hits a backhand winner down but outside the line.
- - FEDERER 3-3 Well played Davydenko. He manages to hold serve under intense pressure with a nice serve-volley combo.
- - FEDERER 3-2 Fed edges ahead as Davydenko stutters on his second serve. And it's 30-0 now as the Russian fluffs a backhand to net from deep; unforced that, poor after a very good start. Fed repays the compliment though and it's 30-15.... Very crisp first serve down the middle, Fed's arm not strong enough to dig it over the net. And a cracking first serve wide to edge ahead. Double fault though, deuce, anger from Nikolay.
- - FEDERER 3-2 Davydenko takes the first point but Fed bites back, winning a grinding rally to move ahead. Davydenko levels but the Fed forehand creams the next two points to hold.
- - FEDERER 2-2 Great length and width from Davydenko as he controls the first rally from the back of court. That sets the tone for this game, which the Russian holds to love.
- - FEDERER 2-1 Federer holds more easily this time, dropping just the one point into a drinks break.
- - FEDERER 1-1 Davydenko is certainly looking brighter early on as he races 40-0 up without missing a first serve. Ah, now he does, wide. And a double-fault to 40-15. I spoke too soon there, the second serve was rotten, into the net. The next first serve is good though and Fed weakly slices a backhand into net for a second time today. Easier hold for the Russian.
- - FEDERER 1-0 And now an early break point as Fed slices weakly into the net. Davydenko is unlucky not to break too, spinning a cute backhand winner just wide! ACE. When he needed it too. Lovely placement wide of the stretching Davydenko. And he holds with a nicely-angled forehand winner.
- - FEDERER 0-0 The match gets underway, the Swiss on serve and moving ahead initially but pegged back to deuce with the Russian taking a couple of points off his second serve. Fed with a wasted challenge - his first serve was out - but he takes the point anyway as the Russian goes long. Then a double fault - iffy serving from Fed. Deuce...
18:40 - HEAD TO HEAD: A convincing 16-2 for the Fed Express. The Russian's last win came at Doha in 2010; they last played at the same tournament, Fed winning 6-2 6-2.
18:35 - Both men are out hitting in preparation...
18:30 - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Roger Federer's ATP Rotterdam semi-final against Nikolay Davydenko, which should start in the next 10 minutes or so...
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|Date of Birth||02/06/1981|