Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Auckland QF - David vs Isner


(Getty Images, montage VD)
"I played great tennis today, much better than my first match. I came into the net quite a lot and that allowed to play short points. I'm playing pretty aggressively, it's obviously not always easy to keep it up, but that's what I'm trying in every match." (Cancha Llena)
That's what David said after his easy victory over Petzschner (by the way, he also said that the wind affected his perfomance against Fognini). In David's quarterfinal match against the third seed and defending champion Johnh Isner, chances are that there are going to be many very short points...
David and Isner have met only once on the Tour so far, and (as mentioned before) that match consisted of merely nine and a half games before Isner retired with an ankle injury at Cincy last year. Back then, David had his problems with Isner's serve, as well as with holding his own.
The latter will of course be a key factor today. As well as the good old waiting game, for the chances you'll get against a serve monster are usually few and and far between. So David will have to try and the take the few opportunities that will present themselves to him.

What might help David is that Isner played a long match in the second round and afterwards was anything but happy with his performance. Whereas David merely spent an hour on court and was very content with his match. So he'll be confident, going in this quarterfinal. And we'll see whether he'll be able reach what would be his first ever semifinal at Auckland.

41 comments:

  1. I've just noticed that the match has been taken off the Bet365 list. They have lots of other matches listed, and the joke is, the two they are "currently showing" are Kooyong and Hobart which are both rained off. There's a nice picture of a wet tennis court in Kooyong.

    I guess they'll start showing the Almagro-Mannarino match in a minute, but everything else listed looks like it isn't going to get played.

    Oh no - it's back on the list. They must have just been changing the estimated start time - about two hours away.

    I foolishly had this idea that David might get to start a bit earlier tonight. :/

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  2. Ferrer just endured another close to 3-hour war. In the event that they both reach the final, hopefully these draining matches Ferrer has gone through will help Nalbandian avoid a drawn-out 3-set war, which would likely leave both players but especially Nalbandian somewhat fatigued heading into Melbourne.

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  3. Try atdhe.net, Istabraq. I saw the end of the Ferrer match and now the Almagro match is on. It worked great yesterday too except they cut away before the post match interview with David.

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  4. Yeah, I agree, Chris. Hope the Almagro match goes quick.

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  5. Thanks, John. The Bet365 one has the match back on the list now, but it's good to know of a fallback if needed.

    Curses - another tie-break! Last time I looked at the scoreboard (ages ago) it was 5-2, but the set ended up going all the way. Each set has been close to an hour so far.

    Will David ever get on court?

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  6. Aaaaaand - another tie-break. Aaaaaand - another third set.
    How cruel!

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  7. So true. The 1st match started at 11 am and now it's after 4 pm and the 2nd match isn't over yet. You'd think they were playing on clay or something.

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  8. serving 4 match, finally

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  9. Looks like match is nearly over though. But I just started to set the timer on the oven, expecting that it would take longer.

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  10. Is that really David I see out there?

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  11. Why? What did he do?

    Bet365 stream looks blurry for me today, but at least it works...

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  12. It looks like so far David has got back almost every return. But I missed the first game. Is that correct?

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  13. What a shot!
    Broken the Isner serve already!
    :)

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  14. Krystle - I only meant I was having trouble believing it was David I was seeing after all this waiting (and staying awake).

    My stream doesn't seem as good as the last two nights either - harder to see the ball clearly.

    The first point of the first game, David hit a fabulous winning return. But then Isner held to 15.

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  15. I think Isner served one ace that first game. But I can't remember the other points.

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  16. 3-1, keep it up dave !!

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  17. Sweet comeback and hold. Way to go David.

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  18. Good hold from 0-30.

    Once they're into a rally, Isner doesn't really seem to try to do anything but keep the ball in play, does he?

    That's quite a useful tactic - for a player of my level. ;)

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  19. Drat. I think Isner must have read my last comment and realised he should try something a bit cleverer.

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  20. Ah okay, I get it now. Thanks for the summary of the first game.

    I like all the wrong-footing volleys that David hits. So smart. I hope to see more of them.

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  21. This match seems to be all over the place. I don't know what to write about such a random match!

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  22. Interesting - David's only on 50% first serves at the moment, but it's showing he's won a higher percentage of points on his first serve than Isner at the moment.

    Ooh, lovely shot, David.

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  23. serving for set, hope it will go great, and put the 1st set in bed

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  24. My computer just crashed for the third time during the match...
    Missed the whole game serving for the match. But I have restarted my computer, hoping that it will stop this from happening again.

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  25. 37 minutes to wrap up the first set. David could teach the earlier players a thing or two!

    Should someone whisper to Isner that you're supposed to hit the ball OVER the net?

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  26. Serving for the set, I mean obviously.

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  27. @Istabraq,
    I also notice that David is returning better on Isner's serve than Isner on his, so that 75% stat is quite deceiving, don't you think?

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  28. Wow! Did you see that? Only 4 unforced errors for David in the 1st set.

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  29. I missed that stat. Good stuff.

    I agree, Tiffany. He's pretty much doing everything better than Isner - apart from the advantage of that huge first serve.

    I don't like David's first serve down to 44% - but luckily, Isner doesn't tend to do very much with the second serve.

    Krystle, I hope your computer's behaving now.

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  30. Isner's serve gets him out of trouble again.

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  31. Scary moment, with a break point (set point) on David's serve, but he got out of it so cleverly.
    5-5

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  32. Well-played tie-break as usual.

    Second set was a bit boring.

    You're right Istabraq. Isner sure hit it into the net quite often.

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  33. 4 match points in the tie-break - and David takes it on the 2nd (the first on his own serve)

    A thoroughly deserved win. :)
    David was by far the better player out there today.

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  34. congrats everyone, thats Nalbandian the world class, saving the set point was really a key point, and we would be still watching tennis right now.
    So Semi final it is.

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  35. Too bad there is no video for the fun part! (only sound)

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  36. Yes, I would have liked to see that.

    Well, I guess I'll be sleeping at my desk today.
    Goodnight/morning/afternoon all.
    :)

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  37. He did it Krystle :)
    gd night all, well its 7 am here lol
    c u guyz tomorrow

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  38. Very well done. David is really in fine form. Almost any time he needed to get a point he did. Magnifico.

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  39. David plays Almagro at 12 noon local time tomorrow. Can't believe how quick they get out the OOP.

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