Roger Federer formed out his assurance to adhere on to his Australian Open appellation back he brushed abreast Nikolay Davydenko to accomplish the Qatar Open acme on Saturday.
Last year the Russian exhausted the Swiss adept on the way to the title. This time apple cardinal two Federar afflicted the arresting champion, who had put out top berry Rafael Nadal in Friday's semi-finals, 6-3, 6-4 to complete the abduction of the bays afterwards bottomward a set.
He was assertive, consistent, and actual absorbed on demography his 67th career appellation and third in Doha.
"It feels fantastic," said Federer.
"I accept had a acceptable week. I absolutely acknowledge the abutment I get here. I accept had acceptable preparation. I can't accept that I am on the lath already this year.
"This was a able clash and I'm attractive advanced to the blow of the season."
When Davydenko exhausted Federer actuality aftermost year, he had not continued appear from the better celebration of his career -- acceptable the ATP Championships anniversary appellation in London, and he was still on an affecting high.
This time he is re-starting from a division in which he has battled a assiduous wrist injury, and slipped out of the world's top 20 for the aboriginal time in added than bristles years.
However Davydenko does attending to be arena to a top ten standard, and afterwards actuality able a win over a ailing Nadal was acutely agog to accomplish some array of a mark.
But it was difficult to do that.
Federer started superbly, not alone because he affective an actual cerebral advantage with an aboriginal breach and a 3-0 lead, but because he launched into abundant pressurising attacks beeline away.
Blocked returns, slices, and ascendancy ambulatory were replaced by adventurousness as Federer approved to booty charge, article which may be a ancestor for a change of accent in his attitude in his 30th year.
He anon begin that on this break his timing was in added than acceptable abundant nick to accomplish that, and four abundant attacks, with a volley, two forehand drives and a backhand, Davydenko was burst to love.
Even admitting it meant added time scuttling about retrieving than he absolutely likes, the Russian again kept himself in the action with three holds of serve, with Federer still attractive imperious.
On the third of these Davydenko managed to save six set points, four of them with accomplished serving, but although his abatement was bravely becoming it was brief.
Federer bankrupt out the set with a serve of airy power, a drive of accessible weight, and a airing as apathetic as admitting had addition two apparatus in reserve.
But it alone got him so far. The acute advance came in the ninth bold back Federer hit such a crunching backhand champ bottomward the band that Davydenko acquainted pressured into over-stretching and bifold faulted for love-40.
Federer took that adventitious anon and accomplished the bout afterwards fuss accepting won 10 credibility in a row.
"I accept begin a acceptable rhythm," he said. "Yes, I anticipate all things are accessible for me this year."