Djokovic beats Davedenko in three sets; Del Potro wins
Updated: November 11, 2008, 10:55 AM ETAssociated Press
The win by Djokovic, now 2-0 in the Gold Group, eliminated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, who earlier lost to Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) in the tournament for the top eight players in the world. Davydenko (1-1) looked almost untouchable early. He broke Djokovic in the opening game and yielded only four points in his first four service games, leaving the third-ranked Serb increasingly frustrated and looking toward his supporters for answers. Then Davydenko self-destructed. Serving for the first set at 5-4, the Russian double-faulted at 30-30 and sent a forehand wide to level the match. In the tiebreaker, Davydenko handed the first four points to Djokovic with three forehand errors and a double-fault. Djokovic hit back-to-back aces to give himself a set point, and Davydenko double-faulted again. Then it was Djokovic's turn to fall apart, winning only nine points in the second set. It was the first time that Djokovic lost a set 6-0 since the Estoril Open final in April 2007, when he rallied to beat Richard Gasquet.
AP Photo/Bullit MarquezJuan Martin Del Potro rook advantage of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's mistakes to win at the Masters' Cup on Tuesday.
"I had a very unexplainable lapse in the second set," Djokovic said. "It was very hard to come back. I was really nervous."
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