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By Ajay Tyagi
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The ATP Tour number 9 and the top seed at the ATP Studena Croatia Open, Nikolay Davydenko continued his murderous form to win his second title on the trot in equal number of weeks as he demolished his fifth seed opponent Juan Carlos Ferrero in straight sets 6-3 6-0.
This is the first time ever that Davydenko has won two titles on the trot. Last week, he had won the International German Open when he had outclassed Paul-Henri Mathieu in the finals.
In the semi finals of the Croatia Open, Davydenko had crushed Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 6-1 on Saturday to set up a clash with Ferrero.
Talking about his win, he said, “I played really good in the semi-final and final here, I don't know why, maybe it is luck. Really everything was perfect today. My next tournament is ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Montreal, but right now I just want to enjoy Umag and then I'll think about the American hard-court season later. I hope to come back here again next year."
The Russian continued to hold his record of not dropping a set apart from the tie breaker against Bolelli in the QF. Leave alone a set, he has not been extended past three games in the last week in the 10 sets that he had played in the tournament.
With the win over Ferrero, Davydenko took his ATP title count to 16 and improved his season record to 30-8.
Ferrero, on the other hand, was chasing his 13th title but was devastated by the world number 9. The Spaniard has also had a string of good performances of late this season and seemed to derive positives from here too. He said, “I think I had a very good week this week in Umag. I won some more points, which is important for my ranking and I have a lot of confidence now for the hard-court season. I would like to finish the year in the Top 15."
In the doubles event, the deadly duo of Frantisek Cermak and defending champion Michal Mertinak joined hands to reduce second seeds Johan Brunstrom of Sweden and Jean-Julien Rojer of Curacao to dust. Cermak-Mertinak won 6-4 6-4.
The victory boosted the duo's chances of qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour finals. Prior to this victory, the Czech-Slovakian duo has won titles at Acapulco and Stuttgart and finished runner-up at Vina del Mar . They have a 29-16 mark on the season and are currently No. 9 in the 2009 ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
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