Nikolay Davydenko is the winner of the ATP 250 tournament in Doha.
He has also become only the second player ever (after David Nalbandian) who has defeated both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal twice in the same tournament.
The Machine (Nikolay's nickname) won the semi-final match against Federer with 6:4 6:4 and he had to face Nadal waiting in the final.
Rafa was unbelievable in the first set of the final which he won 6:0
. Then the level of Davydenko's game changed and a tied second set followed. With one break on each side the player moved into the tie-break. Nadal even had a match point on his own serve but failed to deliver and the Russian tied in sets with 7:6.
In the third Rafa broke Nikolay's serve again but The Machine came back hitting hard, taking a serve game from Nadal and went into lead 5:4. There he broke serve again and won 6:4 in the final set.
0:6, 7:6, 6:4
I was kinda disappointed but the way Rafa played the first set was awesome. If he can endure the whole match on that level he will be unbeatable at the Australian Open, it starts on January 17th.