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Davydenko tops Nadal for Shanghai trophy

Oct. 18, 2009 at 11:26 AM
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SHANGHAI, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Russian Nikolay Davydenko beat top-seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the Shanghai ATP Masters final Sunday, his fourth title of the year.

Davydenko, who was seeded No. 6, scored a 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 victory over the Spaniard and collected $616,500.

"I think a little bit was luck, but mostly I was playing very well today," Davydenko said.

The win was Davydenko's 18th on the tour. He has a 3-4 career record against Nadal.

Davydenko also won events in Germany, Croatia and Malaysia this year.

"I don't like to lose, but I had my chances," said Nadal, a former world No. 1 with 36 ATP wins. "He beat me. He played ... very good match. Just congratulate him, because he deserved the victory."

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