Nadal knocked out by dominant Davydenko

LONDON: Rafael Nadal was sent crashing out of the ATP World Tour Finals in a straight sets defeat to Nikolay Davydenko on Wednesday.

The Russian won 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) in an hour and 47 minutes at London''s O2 Arena to send the Spanish world number two tumbling out of the season-ending championships at the group stage.

Davydenko''s powerful, accurate ground strokes tore Nadal''s game apart in the opening set, and though the Australian Open champion recovered some form in the 80-minute second set, it was too late to stop the world number seven from claiming victory.