French Open - Davydenko defeats Isner in Nice

Thu, 24 May 21:15:00 2012

Top seed John Isner was knocked out of the Nice Open after losing his quarter-final clash with Nikolay Davydenko.

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The big-serving American lost 6-4 7-6(4) to Russian former world number three Davydenko, who is currently 53rd in the ATP rankings.

Davydenko will now face another American, Brian Baker, in the semi-finals of the tournament on the Cote d'Azur after Baker beat Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6 6-3 7-6(4).

In the other half of the draw defending champion Nicolas Almagro is through to the final four once again after beating Belgium's Steve Darcis 6-4 6-4.

The Spanish third seed will now face second-seeded Gilles Simon in the semis after the Frenchman defeated Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci 7-5 6-0.

Reuters

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  1. @ 10 From Jimmy, on Fri 25 May 11:24 Isner has­ reached a career high of no9 only a month ago. That­ does not reflect someone in a decline, in fact the­ opposite. Given the TALENT around at the moment, being­ in the top 10 is quite an achievement. Djoko, Nadal,­ Federer, Murray, Tsonga, Ferrer, Berdych, Tipsarevic­ (The surprise package in the top 10), Del Potro­ (climbing every day), Fish and Isner. Only 390 points­ separate Isner at no 11 and Tipsy at no8. A change in­ the ranks can happen from event to event. Isner's­ handicap may in fact be his height. He is blessed with­ a huge serve but cursed in terms of mobility and­ agility as compared to say the top 3. Yet here he is­ beating the top players in the world. He has not won a­ major event as YET but does it warrant for a Djoko fan­ to RUBBISH the guy just because he beat his IDOL? ­ You say he has missed the train at 27, I beg to differ.­ It depends on what platform you are standing on. He­ only turned pro in 2007. As for America not­ producing great players since Mc and Connors you are­ forgetting Roddick. Give the guy some credit he was­ ranked no1, winner of the US Open and Finalist at­ Wimbledon 3 times.

    From Con, on Sat 26 May 12:17
  2. Con, exactly, at 27 you've missed the train. He is­ no better than Mardy Fish. He can't create points,­ he can't convert points, he doesn't chase­ balls, (we saw all that in the Wimbledon marathon), he­ relies on his serve and nothing else. 150 games in­ order to win a set? And the thing is he hasn't­ moved any since then. He's only won a couple of­ tinpot tournaments as far as I can remember, never a­ 1000 points one. Yes, he is number 9 but pretty soon­ he'll go back down to the top 20 and settle there. ­ It's strange that American tennis hasn't­ produced any great players since McEnroe, Connors, etc.­ Maybe there is more money in football?

    From Jimmy, on Fri 25 May 11:24
  3. I do wish you two would bury the hatchet! Con, what­ Sasa wrote is hardly as bad as some of the stuff on­ Murray and Nole pages. You would know that. Sasa, yes­ you were right but as Con points out if he did not win­ against Novak it would not have been an issue. American­ players in general seem to do well on US hard courts­ and on that day he won so lets leave it at that. I was­ annoyed but honestly believe that Fed would have won­ the final due to form and surface. That loss did fire­ up Novak for Miami and he was very impressive there.

    From Galaktika Galaktika, on Fri 25 May 8:52
  4. SASA your comment is as RUDE, ARROGANT and IGNORANT as­ ALWAYS! What do you know of the future or what it­ holds for John Isner???? At the age of 27, he has­ reached a Career high of no9 in April THIS YEAR! ­ Perhaps you are still PI$$ED OFF at the guy for putting­ out DJOKO, LOL!

    From Con, on Fri 25 May 7:29
  5. Forgot to mention Simon. He's really worked on this­ clay court season, even going to South America prior to­ Indian Wells and Miami. He's got the patience for­ this surface and the movement. I still think his­ strokes are a bit flat but he's getting the results­ and could spring a surprise or two at the French Open.

    From rhymes450, on Thu 24 May 22:50
  6. Well done to Davy! I thought heŽd be near retirement­ but he shows he can beat younger, more powerful­ players! I hope it will be a Nico vs Nico final (Davy­ vs Almagro)!

    From sarah37729, on Thu 24 May 21:31
  7. It was a Davydenko and Goliath contest.

    From Andrew, on Thu 24 May 20:25
  8. big men are going to be dominant on hard courts...but­ Isner might still get to the 4th round at the French,­ considering his success on this surface earlier this­ year beating Fed and Tsonga. But he is going to make­ his money at Wimbledon and the u.s open series.

    From Mark, on Thu 24 May 20:01
  9. Davydenko seems to be picking things up just in time­ for RG. Interesting to see him back with the Prince­ racquets that served him so well between Miami 2008 and­ early 2010. If he can get the win in Nice he might­ start playing with the confidence that would make him a­ real danger. After his famous five-setter with Rafa at­ RG last year and his defeat of Fed and Wawrinka on clay­ in the Davis Cup, I thought Isner might be a big threat­ in these tournaments but so far it's been a­ disappointing few weeks for him.

    From rhymes450, on Thu 24 May 19:58
  10. Davy looks 40-45, balding and not moving especially­ gracefully on court, but he is a fierce competitor and­ at his best he's among the top ten. I predict­ he'll retire in a year or two, and I hope he can­ retain that rare head-to-head record against Nadal, as­ one of the few on the tour. So, good win today, and­ normally he should be in the final of this tournament,­ with the title beckoning if he can ride this momentum!

    From HsSimon, on Thu 24 May 19:00
  11. As I said, he played his carrer match against Nole in­ IW, and that's it, we won't see him soon ina­ any semi or final.

    From Sasa, on Thu 24 May 18:33
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