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Brilliant Davydenko pips Nadal to win Qatar Open

sports Updated: Jan 11, 2010 00:35 IST

Nikolay Davydenko saved two match points as he made a remarkable recovery to beat Rafael Nadal 0-6 7-6 6-4 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday.

After failing to win a game in the opening set, and trailing in both the second and third, the Russian fought back strongly to overcome the world number two in one hour 43 minutes.

Third seed Davydenko, who defeated the world’s top player Roger Federer in the semi-final, produced 52 winners against the second-seeded Spaniard’s 37 to claim the trophy.

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