Nikolay Davydenko: The Fans May Miss Nadal But Not The Players
by Tom Gainey | December 31st, 2012, 4:28 pm

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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14 Comments for Nikolay Davydenko: The Fans May Miss Nadal But Not The Players

Giles Says:

At least he is honest! #WellDoneBaldy#SpeakYourMind

subo Says:

rafeal nadal is not hurt and you clowns in the press know it he was banned at wimbledon for doping tell the truth you vermin

The Great Davy Says:

I hope I can make more money. Er, I mean, I hope I can push my mercedes. Er, I mean, I hope I push slam this year!

nadalista Says:

Way to go Nikolay! Happy New Year and all the best in 2013….

Queen Says:

poor russian komuch!

Michael Says:

Players will always love lack of competition while for the Spectators it would be exactly the opposite. Davydenko is the only player in Tennis circuit who has a positive H2H versus Nadal and it is interesting to know that even he dreads his presence on the Tennis Court. But all said and done, Nadal’s long absence is creating a big void.

alison Says:

Daveydenko is the only player to have a possitive H2H over Rafa only just,in Doha 3 years ago Rafa blew a MP,so it just goes to show how close some of these matches are at times,proof if it were ever needed that the H2H argument is BS,Roger has a negative H2H against Rafa,Rafa has a negative H2H against Davey so what,its about what you do against the whole field that counts,Roger has 17 GS,and Rafa has 11 GS,Davey zilch,so i very much doubt Roger or Rafa will lose much sleep about negative H2Hs.

alison Says:

I hope that theres plenty of competition in tennis this year just like there was last year,not just any one player dominating the whole year.

Alex Says:

subo, I know it’s difficult but use your head.

The players of course want it as easy as they can get. No surprise there. And all the players only care for themselves. No surprise either.

Humble Rafa Says:

Great Davy is the King of the Minor (or micro) league. He kind of misses me, I know. He likes to put a whooping on me in the Middle East at this time of the year.

Not this time, Great Baldy. May be next year.

mary Says:

Davydenko who????

The Great Davy Says:

Get it right, lefty, it is ‘Almost Elite’ according to The Great Abe Kuijl.

Jack Lewis Says:

mary who????

Danica Says:

Gotta love Davy :). At least he is honest :) and has great sense of humor.

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