16 Nov 2008

Djokovic to play Davydenko in Masters final

12:40 pm on 16 November 2008

Novak Djokovic says if he wins the Master's Cup final in Shanghai it will be like winning a grand slam title.

The Australian Open champion plays Nikolay Davydenko in the final after beating Frenchman Gilles Simon in three sets in the semi final. Davydenko beat Andy Murray in straight sets in his semi.

Djokovic, who will move to within 10 points of world number two Roger Federer in the world rankings after his Shanghai success, retired injured from a Davis Cup match against Davydenko earlier this year but beat him 7-6 0-6 7-5 in a group match on Tuesday.

Russian Davydenko, the world number five, said even a victory in the final would not make up for a disappointing year in which he failed to make an impression at the grand slams.

The 27-year-old nevertheless thought he could get the better of his young opponent in the three-set clash at the 15,000-seater Qizhong arena, which will host the final for the fourth and last time on Sunday.