before you say anything…



nikolay davydenko kremlin cup

…about this drop-to-the-knees thing being Federer-esque (it’s true), we’ll cut Nikolay Davydenko some slack. This is a very appropriate response from the Russian after he beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 7-6 (9) to win this week’s Kremlin Cup. He’s had a so-so 2007 so far (this is his first title of the year), plus he’s mired in this match-fixing mess that isn’t quite ready to go away just yet.

Congrats, Kolya. But if you keep winning titles, you should get a different post-victory schtick. For now, we won’t mind.

p.s. We’ve got new winners for the ATP stops in Vienna, Stockholm and Moscow; and the women’s stops in Bangkok and Moscow. This week’s trophy watch will be up later today.

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