Davydenko Continues Streak with ATP St. Poelten Title

Posted on May 22, 2005

Russian Nikolay Davydenko will go into the French Open tired, but at least with a title under his belt.

On Saturday the top-seeded Davydenko outlasted homecountry favorite and No. 4 seed Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 for his first title on the year despite complaining of elbow pain.

Davydenko led 3-0 in the third before Melzer evened it at 3-3, then the Russian broke at 5-4 for the win.

"I am feeling great at the moment and my confidence level is good which is the most important thing," Davydenko said. "Before Roland Garros this is great for the confidence although it is a little bit hard physically."

Davydenko also reached semifinals during his French run-up at Barcelona (l. to Ferrero) and Hamburg (l. to Federer). Melzer is now 0-2 in career finals.

"I am of course disappointed, it is never easy to lose in a final 6-4 in the third," Melzer said. "I think I played a great match and Nikolay was just the most active player at the end and that was what made the difference in the match today."

In the doubles final No. 2 seeds Lucas Arnold and Paul Hanley, playing together for the first time, defeated No. 3 seeds Mariano Hood and Martin Damm 6-3, 6-4.

"I am very happy about this triumph and even happier because my little son Nacho has been here with me this week," said Arnold, not hesitating to tell people he named his son Nacho. "I don't know if we will play together in the near future but it was a really good week for us."