Found January 05, 2013 on In the Tramlines:
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Leading 6-3, 4-2 with a break point chance, Nikolay Davydenko seemed poised to cap off his resurgent week in Doha with an easy win. Instead, he later found himself heading into the locker room in defeat, nursing a leg injury that halted the match for nearly ten minutes and helped Richard Gasquet take the match 6-3 in the third. The Frenchman showed great fight in coming from behind, and the top 10 newcomer became the first champion of the 2013 ATP season. It was a great week for both players, but perhaps a letdown for the 31-year-old Russian Davydenko, who had not been broken in the tournament and soundly defeated top seed David Ferrer on his way to the final. The veteran played outstanding matches throughout the week, taking the ball early on well-placed groundstrokes and using his speed to defend when needed. Despite a mediocre 2012 campaign, he seemed to be approaching the level of play that made him a fixture in the top 10 throughout the last decade. The disheartening loss, along with the injury, may prove troublesome heading into the Australian Open, but Davydenko will be a dangerous unseeded player if he is able to sustain his form from this week. For Gasquet, the road to the finals was rocky. He played in the longest match of the tournament, beating Grega Zemlja in nearly three hours and withstanding Zemlja's attempts to serve for the match. Gasquet's 2012 was his best season in several years, but it came rather quiety as he was unable to reach the later rounds of Major events. His renowned one-handed backhand was in fine form throughout Doha, and his determination seems to be at an all-time high. Given the potential withdrawal of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gasquet could find himself among the top 8 seeds in Melbourne, which would put him in good position to finally make a run in a Slam. Two more finals will take place tomorrow, as Andy Murray takes on Grigor Dimitrov in Brisbane, and Janko Tipsarevic faces newcomer Roberto Bautista-Agut in Chennai. 
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