French Open: Davydenko races ahead

Updated: 30 May 2007 07:34 IST

Seeded fourth at the French Open, Davydenko beat Stefano Galvani of Italy 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in the only men's match completed on Monday.

Paris:

First, Nikolay Davydenko thought he might miss his match altogether. Then, he was worried rain wouldn't let him finish it.

Seeded fourth at the French Open, Davydenko beat Stefano Galvani of Italy 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 in the only men's match completed on Monday.

Davydenko and Galvani both were smiling as they finished under a heavy downpour.

What was Davydenko thinking near the end?

"Play faster," the Russian said.

Theirs was the first match scheduled for Court 1, with an 11 am start, and Davydenko got caught in traffic on the way to Roland Garros from a practice court.

"I didn't take a shower, (didn't) change clothes," said Davydenko, semifinalist at the 2005 French Open. "Straight to the court."

However, after they warmed up, the match was delayed by rain, and the players walked off the court. They didn't start until about three hours later.

Two days into the clay-court tournament, only 14 matches were finished. Only seven of the scheduled 65 ended on Monday.

While speed around the court is considered one of Davydenko's strengths, he thinks Rafael Nadal and Tommy Robredo are the best in the game.

"For 100 meters, maybe I lose to everybody," Davydenko said.

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