Despite falling well out of the Top 10, Nikolay Davydenko seems to be in good spirits. The Russian veteran who finished five times in the Top 10, says he doesn’t feel the same pressure that he use to when he was a top guy on the tour.
“Too many stress to be top 10,” Davydenko to the Dubai media yesterday after an upset win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. “You know, you need to always to defending. You have a little bit more pressure like always press to pushing you. You’re top 10, why you losing first round, second round? Me not anymore. I have no pressure from you. I just try to explain some bullshit.”
Davydenko will be feeling that pressure tomorrow when he goes up against former No. 1 Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. And he admits that now at 31 some days he just doesn’t have it.
“Always try to find solution, always try to find my game and feeling, Wow, I can now do my best tennis,” he said. “One day I play good. Next day I coming and I play like 300‑year‑old. I just I don’t know.”
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