Rafael Nadal is poised for victory although Davydenko is still in his way in Doha.
Rafael Nadal may be back as the top force on the ATP tour and he has an opportunity to win a tour title in Doha that would help prove that.
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In the last 8 months, Nadal's ranking has always been at least in the top 3 however he was faltering so often against top 10 players that Nadal was, at one point, considered a slight underdog in a heads up match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Nadal won).
Rafael Nadal will now go head to head against Nikolay Davydenko in the final of the Qatar Open in Doha in what is an important match, not just directly for the ATP title, but for implications in the futures market for the Australian Open.
First let's look at the odds for the Nadal vs Davydenko match:
Rafael Nadal: -137 (about 5/7), Stan James
Nikolay Davydenko: +120 (6/5), Paddy Power
The value in this match certainly appears to be with Nadal who is starting to steamroll through the competition again. Last week in Abu Dhabi (an exhibition tournament), Nadal defeated both Robin Soderling and Nikolay Davydenko, two players that had been enjoying recent success against the Spaniard.
Now in Qatar, nobody has won more than 3 games in a set against Nadal and he appears poised to take down his first tour title in a long time.
Our recommendation is to take Nadal to beat Davydenko with Stan James. You may also want to consider taking Nadal at +500 (Victor Chandler) to win the Australian Open at this point as well. Should Nadal defeat Davydenko, as expected, then that price should shorten, making now the time to bet.
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