Australian Open Quarterfinals: Roger Federer vs. Nikolay Davydenko
World No.1 Roger Federer will face sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in a heavyweight quarter-final after cruising past Lleyton Hewitt on Day 8 of the 2010 Australian Open.
Federer produced a forceful performance to beat the Australian in straight sets 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, while Davydenko advanced to the last eight by outlasting Fernando Gonzalez of Spain 6-2, 7-5, 4-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3.
The winner will face third seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia or French ace Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semifinals.
Davydenko isn’t as well known as many of his peers, but he has inflicted defeats on the Swiss at their last two meetings— in Qatar earlier this month and at last year’s World Tour finals in London.
The 28-year-old from Volgograd has never taken down a Grand Slam before, nor has he ever reached the Grand Slam final. But if he wins this afternoon, he will be considered a major threat for the Australian Open crown.
Roger, on the other hand, hasn’t lost prior to the semifinals at a major since 2004 at Wimbledon. He is looking to advance to a record 23rd straight Grand Slam semifinal round, and ultimately win a fourth title at Melbourne Park.
The Swiss Maestro has also been in great touch this week. He lost the opening set of his first match with Russia’s Igor Andreev but has not dropped another one since.
UPDATE: Federer defeated Davydenko 2-6, 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.