October 19, 2008

Davydenko, 2 Doubles Teams Qualify

Nikolay Davydenko
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Russian Nikolay Davydenko is the fifth player to secure a position in the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

The 27-year-old joins the Top 4 of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in the eight- player field, which will be held Nov. 9-16. There are three spots remaining with more than 10 players in contention in the final two weeks of the regular season.

Davydenko is on course to finish in the Top 5 South African Airways ATP Rankings for the fourth consecutive year. This season he’s won three ATP titles, at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, his second career ATP Masters Series shield, in Poertschach and Warsaw. He also reached the final in Estoril. He’s compiled a 49-18 match record on the season

Davydenko said: "I'm very happy to qualify to the Tennis Masters Cup for the fourth consecutive year. It is very special for me to play in Shanghai. The tournament is so good. The organization, the stadium, the hotel, the crowd, everything is great."

In doubles, two more teams qualified for Shanghai. The No. 3 team in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race, Mahesh Bhupathi of India and Mark Knowles of Bahamas, along with Roland Garros champions Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Luis Horna of Peru.

Bhupathi and Knowles have won ATP titles in Memphis and Dubai while reaching four finals, three at ATP Masters Series events (Miami, Monte Carlo, Madrid). Cuevas and Horna have played together in three tournaments this season (7-2 record), gaining entry into Shanghai as a result of their Roland Garros title (d. Nestor-Zimonjic) in June.

The top eight players in the ATP 2008 Race following the BNP Paribas Masters and the top seven teams in the Stanford ATP Doubles Race, plus Roland Garros champions Cuevas and Horna, qualify for the circuit finale.


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