That my man Nik Davydenko was going to come through in straights!
Just kidding. I'm gonna have to really stop underestimating Davydenko sometimes. I think in potentially dangerous situations for him match-wise, the ONLY time I've ever thought he was going to win was against Nadal in Miami, and that was just because I figured after he beat Roddick the round before (one of his most difficult opponents) things were definitely going to go his way.
In a way, despite being so far down in the rankings and on current form alone being the underdog, I could see this as a very tough loss for Safin. A win here would have definitely affirmed he was back on track, but to lose that badly has gotta hurt.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.