Saturday, December 18, 2010
Copa Argentina: David vs Marat Safin
(photo by Tamar)
David has defeated Marat Safin 6-4, 7-5 to reach the final of the Copa Argentina.
There, he will meet Juan "Pico" Monaco (just like in the final of the Copa Almirante Brown last week), who beat James Blake 6-2, 6-4 in the second match of the night.
The final will take place at 8.30pm (11.30pm GMT/ 6.30 EST) on Sunday, after Carlos Moya's farewell match against Gaston Gaudio.
The match is now available via David on Screen (thanks, Krystle).
Around two months ago, David appeared on the TV show "Pura Quimica" and one of the questions he was asked was which player he found it difficult to play against, whose game could cause him trouble. David's reply: "Safin..."
- Of course he was referring to the battles the two of them used to have when Safin was still playing on the Tour (with the Russian winning six out of their nine encounters).
By now, the situation is a different one, with Safin having retired from professional tennis a year ago. And last night, he was only able to keep up with Chela for one set (Chela won 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-1). Safin is playing this event without any real preparation and basically just to have some fun. While for David, it's a chance to test his game and the progress he's making with his preparations for the next season. Apart from that, making another Copa Argentina final would certainly be very nice...
The match David vs Marat Safin is scheduled for 8.30pm tonight (11.30pm GMT/6.30pm EST).
Streams for it are announced on LiveScoreHunter and Atdhe.fm.
But it looks like there could be more rain in Buenos Aires today (which already delayed and eventually cut short last night's play). We'll have to wait and see if the match can take place as planned. I'll try my best to keep you posted.
Posted by Julia at 11:14 AM