Tennis: Tame defeat for Federer
Roger Federer crashed out of the Qatar Open in Doha at the semi-final stage yesterday as he again came unstuck against Nikolay Davydenko.
The Russian, who beat the world No 1 in their last meeting in the semi-finals at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London in November, triumphed 6-4 6-4 in one hour 20 minutes.
Davydenko will play Rafael Nadal in the final after the Spaniard earlier made short work of Viktor Troicki.
Federer faced 10 break points against the third seed as his serve let him down badly, his 55pc of first serves paling in comparison to Davydenko's 79pc.
The Swiss saved seven of those break opportunities, including five in the first set, but managed just a solitary break of serve himself.
World No 2 Nadal cruised to a 6-1 6-3 win over fifth-seeded Serbian Troicki in one hour seven minutes.
The Spaniard converted three of his four break points in a one-sided opening set, winning an impressive 65pc of points on Troicki's first serve.
Nadal set up four more break opportunities in the second set, taking two, as the Serbian again struggled to cope with the four-time French Open winner's powerful returns.
Troicki also claimed a late break of his own, but it merely delayed the inevitable.