Davydenko in Kremlin cup final

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/A/Apnikolaydavydenko.jpg' class='caption'> It will be all-Russian affair in the men's and women's Kremlin Cup finals.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
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It will be all-Russian affair in the men's and women's Kremlin Cup finals. Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Fabrice Santoro of France 6-4, 6-1 on Saturday and will play either Marat Safin or Igor Kunitsyn, while Nadia Petrova will play Anna Chkvetadze on the women's side. The sixth-ranked Davydenko, the 2004 champion, has not dropped a set on his way to his sixth final this season and will be chasing his fourth title this season. Davydenko won six consecutive games in the second set to close it out in nine minutes. The fifth-seeded Petrova beat eighth-seeded Czech teenager Nicole Vaidisova 6-0, 4-6, -6 (3), while Chakvetadze upset fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 in Saturday's semifinals. Both players will be looking for back-to-back titles. Petrova won the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany, last week and is seeking her fifth ttle this season. Chakvetadze won her maiden title at the Guangzhou Open, China, two weeks ago. Two-time runner-up Dementieva has leveled the match at 1-1 with a break in the eighth game. "I've made too many unforced mistakes while she played the key points confidently," Dementieva said. The 17-year-old Vaidisova led 2-1 in the second set when Petrova, whose left hip was bandaged, took a time-out to get her other hip bandaged. "It was difficult and very painful," Petrova said. "At some point I thought I would not be able to finish the match. I really wanted to be in the final in Moscow for the first time and that goal has helped me to stay on." She resumed and lost three consecutive games to be down 5-1. Petrova won the next three games, but Vaidisova leveled the match at 1-1. Vaidisova saved six match-points on her serve in the ninth game of the third set. Petrova, who had never made it past the second round in her six previous appearances in Moscow, saved a breakpoint before both held serve to force the tiebreaker. "I had a chance in her game on a breakpoint, but she served well on crucial points today," Vaidisova said. Vaidisova was 3-5 down and put two backhand returns wide to lose the match. "In the tiebreaker, I think I cooled down a little bit and tried to play point by point and that helped me to finish off the match," Petrova said. (AP)

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