Murray suffers semi-final defeat
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:09
The Scot traded breaks of serve with Davydenko at the start of the first set but the Russian looked sharper and broke at 6-5 to clinch the set.
Davydenko’s extra day’s rest began to show and he produced some sublime shots as he broke early in the second set and outplayed Murray to win 7-5 6-2.
Both players lost early service games in the first set, but Davydenko crucially broke again for a 6-5 lead after successfully challenging a Murray ace at break point.
After returning to his chair Murray repeatedly slammed his racket into the ground and the Scot’s misery was complete when Davydenko served out for the set after just over an hour of intense play.
And after taking the first set in 62 minutes, Davydenko breezed through the second virtually unchallenged against a fading Murray to set up a final meeting against the Serbian world number three Novak Djokovic.