‘End His Career There’ – Nikolay Davydenko Makes Huge Prediction on Roger Federer’s Career

Published 06/21/2022, 1:08 PM EDT
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Nikolay Davydenko is a legend in the men’s game. The former World No. 3 retired eight years ago but continues to keep himself involved with tennis. After spending over a decade and a half on the ATP Tour, he now lives a more peaceful life with his family in Russia.

In an interview with SportKlub, the Russian revealed his thoughts on the past, present, and future of tennis.


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Davydenko delivers his thoughts on Federer’s future

The Russian met Federer on several occasions in his career. Unfortunately, Federer dominated the rivalry with a 19-2 record. Davydenko spoke about the 20-time Grand Slam winner, saying, “I think he wants to play in Basel and end his career there. It is my opinion.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Federer has been missing from action ever since his quarter-final loss at last year’s Wimbledon. He underwent a double knee surgery, keeping him out for nearly a year.


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However, at 40 he has expressed his desire to play at his hometown tournament in Basel and the Laver Cup. Federer was part of the Europe team that won the first three titles since its inception.

Nikolay Davydenko recalls poor record against Roger Federer

Davydenko, who struggled against the former World No.1 on several occasions, was beaten in the latter stages of big tournaments. He says, “My self-confidence was never at the level needed to overcome Federer. He always had that advantage in the finals of sets.


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“It would always be the same story – when the key moments of the match come, self-confidence is what makes the difference.” His biggest win against Federer came at the 2009 ATP Tour Finals. He prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 and went on to win the biggest title in his career.

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Davidenko holds 21 career titles in his career while reaching the semi-finals in Paris and New York. He is also a former Davis Cup winner, claiming the title in 2006 with Russia. He now trains children in the years from 9 to 11 in his hometown in Russia.

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