He's a semifinalist in Moscow.
Former World No. 1 Marat Safin (pictured) snapped a four-match losing streak against three-time champion Nikolay Davydenko, currently No. 5 in the ATP 2008 Race, with a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 victory Friday for a place in the ATP Kremlin Cup semifinals against Mischa Zverev.
Seventh seed Safin struck 17 aces and saved four of seven break points in recording his 23rd win of the season (23-21 mark). The 28-year-old, who finished runner-up in Moscow to Davydenko in the 2006 final, is making his 11th appearance at his hometown event. He has a 16-10 tournament record. Safin improved to 48-45 against Top 10 opponents in the South African Airways ATP Rankings and will be hoping to capture his first title since the 2005 Australian Open (d. Hewitt) this week.
Davydenko, who is close to securing one of four remaining berths at Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai, dropped to 17-3 at the tournament. The two-time defending champion and 2004 winner (d. Rusedski), won 36 of 106 points on return of serve and hit six doubles faults. He dropped to 49-17 on the 2008 season.
Fall. The silly season of tennis.