I’m very pleased to see Nikolay Davydenko back on form.
He missed a lot of tennis at the start of the year due to injury and subsequently saw himself drop out of the top ten for the first time since May 2005.
However this absence from the world’s elite did not last for long as the talented Russian reeled off ten straight victories to claim two titles in as many weeks moving into 8th place.
Davydenko is one of the best players to watch on the tour as he plays the game like nobody else with his machine like hitting from the back of the court.
His technique is flawless and when on song he peppers his opponent with powerful shots that land near or on the baseline which are simply impossible to deal with.
Just ask this years Wimbledon quarter finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero who was embarassed by ‘Kolya’ (the Russian nickname for Nikolay) 6-3 6-0 in the final of clay court tournament Umag which completed his ten match rout.
The Russian is surely due another decent showing in the Montreal Masters this week and he has already seen off Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round.
So the world number eight is anything but boring right?
Not according to The Sun who branded him ‘the most boring man in tennis’ in an article written in June during the French Open.
Boring? So a man with 16 career singles titles to his name, four appearances in grand slam semi finals, two wins over Rafael Nadal and an accusation of match fixing is boring?! I don’t think so.
Tommy Haas fought back from a set down to beat Ivo Karlovic 4-6 7-6 6-4 in the Montreal Masters first round.
The German lost the first set after being broken early on however he managed to force the second into a tie break which he won 7-3.
He then took the deciding set 6-4 converting one of his three chances to break Karlovic.
As predicted the 6’10 giant could not repeat his scintilating Wimbledon form with his first serve percentage for the match down at 49 percent.
This match tip was provided by Pinewood who writes for our new sister site The Betting Battle.
Tommy Haas vs Ivo Karlovic – Montreal Masters
Haas has had a brilliant summer and he is back in the world’s top 20 for the first time since January 2008.
The 31-year-old has clearly put his injury problems behind him now and his semi-final showing at Wimbledon proves this.
Straight sets loses to Querrey and Gonzalez in recent weeks may be a sign of tiredness however I feel he will have enough to get past big serving Karlovic.
The Croatian, like Haas, was at the top of his game at Wimbledon before being cast aside by Roger Federer.
However I wasn’t as impressed with ‘Big Ivo’ in a match against Andy Roddick at Washington last week.
He was a break up in both sets but was broken back and ended up losing 7-6 7-6.
If Karlovic was bang on form he would not be losing his serve as we saw for 14 sets in a row at SW19.
Haas has lost to the 6′10 giant on the last three occasions but the last time they played was in 2007.
The German is a brilliant returner and seeing as he is playing his best tennis in a long while, he should be able to pick off a few of the massive serves coming at him and advance to the second round.
This tip was provided by Pinewood, a writer for our new sister site The Betting Battle – click here to find out more.