Miami:Russian fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko defeated Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-2 in the final of the USD 3.77 million Miami ATP Masters Series Sony Ericsson Open hardcourt event.
Davydenko won USD 590,000 and his 12th career ATP title on Sunday, his first since capturing the crown at Moscow last October and what he dubbed the biggest title of his career.
Davydenko's best Miami result in six prior appearances was reaching the fourth round two years ago.
"For me it's surprising standing here (as the winner). I never play good in Miami," Davydenko said. "For me to beat Nadal in the final, first time in my career. I think it's crazy."
Reigning French Open champion Nadal, ranked second in the world for a record 140 weeks in a row since July of 2005, had won both prior meetings with Davydenko but struggled from the start on Sunday.
Davydenko became the first Russian to win the Miami crown by dispatching two foes in a row he had never beaten. He ousted Andy Roddick in the semi-finals despite having lost all five prior matches with the sixth-seeded American.
"Maybe something in my tennis will change from Miami in the future. Maybe I feel more confident because I beat very good guys here and now in the future maybe something different, maybe much faster, maybe much better."
"In the beginning he wasn't playing very good. But I didn't play well either," Nadal said. Nadal was broken in the seventh game by Davydenko, who held twice more to claim the opening set, then broke the Spaniard again to begin the second set when Nadal sent a forehand wide.