hug it out

Nikolay Davydenko battled past Florian Mayer to win the BMW Open in Munich 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. “At the beginning I played solid, but then maybe I lost concentration,” explained the Russian, who bagged his first title since winning Doha in January 2010. “My confidence is very high and I just go out there fighting. It was a very important result here” — in reference to his returnto the top 30 –”and I’m just so happy.” So are we. Congrats, Kolya! (His buddy: More info on the huggable BMW 1 Convertible)

Madrid: At the Mutua Madrid Open this week, Davydenko starts with a match against wildcard Marcel Granollers. They play tomorrow. Browse:Madrid Open website.

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stepanek plays munich doubles with haas

How refreshingly non-abrasive is this Alea polo currently on Radek Stepanek? Perfect complement to the clay courts in Munich at the BMW Open, definitely. The Czech’s is still in the running for singles, taking out Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-0 in the quarters and will next play Kolya (!!). The other semi will be all-German, pitting Petzschner against Mayer. Draw: BMW Open Singles.

It was also good to see Tommy Haas back in action after a long recovery from shoulder and hip surgery. (Haas went under the knife back in February 2010). He teamed up with Stepanek (Tommy’s neighbor in Florida) for doubles; they lost in the first round to Simon Aspelin and Paul Hanley. Looking forward: Haas is eyeing Halle, the French, and Wimbledon as tournaments to play this year.

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grigor dimitrov is a-okay in munich

So there are times when we are okay showing you a non-shirtless Grigor Dimitrov, like this week, when he upset fourth seed Marcos Baghdatis in the second round of the BMW Open — 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2. (FYI, highest seed left in the Munich draw is now No. 3 Cilic.)

Nike: All those ATPers not named Roger or Rafa are wearing either the honeycombed Movement pieces or the striped collection (“Challenger”), worn by Grigor.

Buy: Nike Men’s Challenger Speed Stripe Crew; in white/grey, white/blue, and blue colorways; $50; tennisexpress.com.

philipp petzschner plays munich

Philipp Petzschner attended the players’ party thrown by this week’s BMW Open in Munich — and we’re glad he knows how to dress up! (Marat: take notes, ok?) Marcos Baghdatis also showed up with goofy camo Zorro mask. Browse: BMW Open party pics.

Draw: Petzschner, the other half of our favorite German doubles duo — honestly, we wonder what the slash fic must be like for these two — is still in the running for Germany’s next hot player along with Florian Mayer, qualifier Julian Reister, Philipp Kohlschreiber, lucky loser Denis Gremelmayr, and wildcard Dustin Brown. Petzsch upset top seed Mikhail Youzhny and faces Potito Starace in the quarters. (Draw: BMW Open)

More: See shots of Petzschner in his on-court Erke kit after the cut…