Federer trumps Davydenko in Doha

Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the golden eagle trophy after winning the Qatar Open in Doha....

Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the golden eagle trophy after winning the Qatar Open in Doha. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi

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Doha, Qatar - Roger Federer captured his third Doha title on Saturday, beating reigning champion Nikolay Davydenko in straight sets in the championship match of the season-opening $1.11 million Qatar Open, a hardcourt Australian Open tune-up.

Federer needed about 80 minutes to record a 6-3, 6-4 victory at Khalifa Tennis Complex. Federer did not face a break point, winning 40-of-51 service points overall.

Davydenko saved 6-of-8 break points, but the second-seeded Swiss was too much in capturing his 67th career title. Federer also won this event in 2005 and 2006.

The Russian Davydenko, seeded fourth, had ousted world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals to prevent a Federer-Nadal final, and was aiming for his 21st career title. However, he fell to 2-15 all-time against Federer.

One of Davydenko's wins against Federer came in the semifinals here last year, though Federer went on to win the 2010 Australian Open.

Federer collected $177,000 for Saturday's victory.


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