Nikolay Davydenko tagged Marin Cilic in straights in the China Open to advance to the quarterfinals. That's a pretty solid result for anyone to pull off (what's going on with Cilic anyway?), but one that shouldn't be totally unexpected from Davydenko.
However, if I were to say I wasn't shocked, I'd be lying to you.
Davydenko has been getting dusted on a regular basis for a few months now, ever since his return from injury. But for some reason, I just get this feeling he's really on the way back as opposed to that dreaded other direction you tend to think of with 29-year-old pro tennis players. After all, this is a guy who was taking out Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal less than a year ago. I guess he still has some play left in him.
We'll see how this week ends up, but if he was the last man standing, I wouldn't be surprised. Funny how a quarterfinal appearance in a tournament will change your mind!
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.