Davydenko wins Paris Masters

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/T/Tennisgeneric.jpg' class='caption'> The next four weeks of Nikolay Davydenko's life promise to be its most momentous.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
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The next four weeks of Nikolay Davydenko's life promise to be its most momentous. Having won Sunday's Paris Masters final by routing Dominik Hrbaty 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 for his fifth title of the season, he next heads to Shanghai for the November 12-19 Masters Cup. The 25-year-old Russian, who'll move up to fourth in Monday's ATP rankings, will then marry before preparing for the December 1-3 Davis Cup final against Argentina in Moscow. "Winning here, coming to Shanghai, and then I get married. And then the Davis Cup final. I think it's too much for one month. Celebration here, celebration marriage, and then celebration Davis Cup if we win. Too much drinking is also not what I need," Davydenko said. Davydenko took just 21 minutes to win the first set at the Bercy arena and the pace barely lagged thereafter. Catching up to Federer His 67 wins this season are second only to the top-ranked Roger Federer's 87. "It would be tough even for Federer to beat him when he plays like this," Hrbaty said. Davydenko reached the quarterfinals or better at three of this year's four Grand Slams. He is a threat on any surface except grass, having failed to get past the second round at Wimbledon the past two years. He will now meet Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Ivan Ljubicic and David Nalbandian - all of whom missed the Paris Masters - in China where the top eight players are split into two groups of four. "Sometimes I make mistakes and I lose concentration. Federer does everything the same, 100 per cent. It's tough to beat him. I need to serve and volley better, play faster," Davydenko said. (AP)

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