Davydenko: ‘Men should play best of three sets in the Slam’

September 6, 2012

ATP Tennis News, Interviews

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Nikolay Davydenko would like to see Grand Slams and the Davis Cup to be the best of three sets. (Photo credit: Getty Images)

For Nikolay Davydenko the men’s game needs to change

After losing to Mardy Fish of the U.S. Open in a match where he was ahead two sets to love up at Flushing Meadows inNew York, Nikolay Davydenko proposes a solution for the future: men should play the best of two sets out of three in Grand Slams and the Davis Cup.

“Why play three sets out of five? We should have to play the best of  three in a Slam. Anyone would agree, even Federer. It would be easy for him to win in one hour, in two sets, without the need to win three. In matches that are so long, for sure you must be very strong mentally, but in Davis Cup, for example, there are games that can get to the fifth set on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Personally, I’m too tired to support it.”

An interesting point of view has been raised by the Russian, but how many more will be so open as to admit that a Slam would be better in three sets? With all of the controversy surrounding the equal pay arguments, could this be another debate to take a stranglehold on discussions in the ATP Player Council?

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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