VALENCIA OPEN 500 2011
Davydenko Dents Simon's Finals Ambitions
by ATP Staff|
Russian Nikolay Davydenko broke a five-match losing streak against fifth seed Gilles Simon with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory at the Valencia Open 500 on Monday that severely dented the Frenchman's chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals next month.
Simon, who is currently No. 12 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Year-To-Date Rankings - 720 points behind No. 8-ranked Mardy Fish - will next play at the BNP Paribas Masters, the final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season in Paris. He drops to a 39-26 match record on the season.
World No. 44 Fabio Fognini, the top Italian on the ATP World Tour, beat Spanish wild card Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4, 6-3 in 71 minutes. French qualifier Nicolas Mahut accounted for another Spaniard, defeating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-6(5), 6-2.
Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil prevailed in a first-round battle against World No. 23 John Isner 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(9), winning 94 points to Isner's 93. The 21 year old saved one match point, down 7-8 in the decisive tie-break, before clinching the victory on his eighth match point opportunity after two hours and 13 minutes.
It was Pospisil's second victory against a Top 25 player; he had defeated a 22nd-ranked Juan Ignacio Chela earlier this year in Cincinnati. He awaits the winner between top seed and defending champion David Ferrer and former World No. 7 Fernando Verdasco in the second round.