Nikolay Davydenko is now on record as someone who isn’t missing Rafael Nadal from the ATP circuit. Speaking to The Peninsula in Doha earlier today, the former tournament champion made it pretty clear he’s not losing any sleep upon hearing of Rafa’s injuries.
“Me? No! I don’t think so much about that (Nadal’s injury),” Nadal told the paper. “For sure he will come back for the clay court season. And then he will try to win everything he can. Nadal is Nadal. The fans may miss him but not the players (smiles).”
Davydenko’s command of English isn’t great but you get the picture. He’s a fun quote. Incredibly, though, Davydenko is one of the rare players with a positive record against Rafa, winning six of 11 meetings and four of their last five. So maybe he should miss him!
After an injury-riddled 2012 season, the 31-year-old is hoping to get back on the road to a better ranking.
“In the new season, I hope I am able to keep my concentration and play well,” the World No. 44 told the paper. “I hope I compete well. I hope there are no injuries anymore. I hope I can push myself and I can get the results. I hope I can play a lot of tournaments and get good results.”
The Russian won his first round match over Victor Hanescu today 62, 63.
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