Federer falls to Davydenko in Qatar Open semis
DOHA: World number one Roger Federer was upset by Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 Friday in the semifinals of the Qatar Open Tennis Tournament in Doha, Qatar.
The sixth-ranked Davydenko improved to 2-12 against Federer. The Russian defeated Federer at the season-ending championships in London in November.
The upset prevents a Sunday showdown of Federer against Rafael Nadal. The second-ranked Nadal avoided an upset on Friday to reach the final at the 2010 season-opening Qatar Open, an Australian Open tune-up.
He cruised past fifth-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia 6-1, 6-3.
The third-seeded world No. 6 Davydenko beat Federer for a second straight time, as the gritty Russian posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the semifinals on the hardcourts at Khalifa Tennis Complex.
Davydenko also upset Federer, in the semifinals, at the ATP World Tour Finals event in London back in November, this after dropping his first 12 decisions against the sublime Swiss. Davdyenko went on to capture the exclusive eight-player event in London.
Davydenko dismissed the reigning French Open and Wimbledon champion Federer in 67 minutes on Day 5 here, as he broke the Swiss'' serve three times, compared to only one break for Federer.
Meanwhile, the second-seeded reigning Aussie Open champion Nadal opened the day with a comprehensive 67-minute 6-1, 6-3 victory over fifth-seeded Serb Viktor Troicki. The Spaniard piled up five service breaks in eight tries.
The six-time major champion Nadal is seeking his first title since May of last year. The 23-year-old slugger will appear in his 48th career final, seeking a 37th title.
The 28-year-old Davydenko will perform in his 25th career final, going a stellar 19-5 thus far in such matches.
Nadal and Davydenko have split eight career matchups on the ATP circuit, but Davydenko went 2-1 last year and has won two straight and three of their last four meetings, including one at November''s World Tour Finals.
The winner of this $1.11 million event will take home $185,850.