Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Auckland R2 - David vs Philipp Petzschner



Update II
What a difference a day makes... It took David merely 62 minutes to secure an easy 6-3, 6-2 victory over Philipp Petzschner. In the quarterfinal, he will now meet either Robin Haase or John Isner.

More soon...



(Reuters, montage by VD)

Update
3.47pm local - David's match about to start now...

3.30pm local Ferrer finally wins. And now it's time for David's match.
2.49 pm local - Ferrer wins the second in a tiebreaker. Third set now...
1.35pm local - Kamke takes the first set.
1.02pm local - Ferrer vs Kamke is now under way.
12.41pm local - Almagro wins the first match of the day on Centre Court. Next up Ferrer vs Kamke. And then it's David's turn.

There are players, who keep up with rankings, records and statistics, and who know the basic facts about each and every player's game in the Top 200. David is not one of them. And often enough, he won't remember previous encounters he's had with his opponents. In this particular case, there is nothing to remember - David has never faced Philipp Petzschner before. But if David also hasn't really heard anything about the German and his game so far, then he could be in for a surprise.

Petzschner, currently ranked #59, is an excellent doubles player (he won the Wimbledon doubles with Melzer last year) with a slightly unorthodox, all-court game that includes drop-shots, lots of backhand slice, attacks at the net and what can be a strong serve - on a good day. (While on a bad day, he can be very erratic.) Therefore, depending on Petzschner's form, this match could be test for David's returns. Apart from that it'll be interesting to see how David will deal with Petzschner's game. - And whether he has managed to shake off the rust a little by now.

48 comments:

  1. Indeed, Petzschner is all those things you mention, Julia. He is also a guy who had Nadal down 2 sets to one at Wimbledon last year and had wins on clay over Berdych and Melzer in the spring. He can play. David needs to amp his game up today and cut down on his errors. My guess is that he will.

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  2. Yeah, 'Petzsche' has his great days. But also a lot of off-days... Well, I was hoping for this match to take to place and now I'll get it. Really looking forward to this one. :)

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  3. David hanging out with Ferru in the players' lounge. (They just showed that during the Almagro/Hanescu match.)

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  4. i guess we all know they are close friends, too bad i missed that, anyways hope ferrer will make a fast work on this kamke.

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  5. Yeah, me too. Though Kamke is not one for being overly impressed, facing a Top 10 opponent.

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  6. Damn. It looks like Kamke is going to make this a 3-setter. Come on, David. On second thought, Ferrer being gone makes it easier, doesn't it?

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  7. Only if David makes it to the final. Nalbandian - I mean. ;)
    We'll see if Kamke can keep it up. Though I have to say he's playing great, so far.

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  8. Oh yeah, I know. There are a few hurdles along the way. Did anyone see Mahut playing mixed doubles in drag at the Hopman Cup? I saw the photos. It was hilarious.

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  9. Yeah, I saw 'Mademoiselle Mahut'. And yeah, it was hilarious. - And now try to imagine David...

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  10. David F. has just forced a third set. Hopefully Kamke has nothing left and folds without much resistance (I'm not actually watching the match so I don't know if that's likely or not).

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  11. this set so easily could get into another TB. i hate waiting

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  12. Well, if everyone keeps knocking each other out before playing Nalbandian maybe it will work out in the end. Petzschner will be the first example of that today hopefully.

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  13. have to say, am happy david gets to serve 1st

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  14. impressive point at 0-15, now 0-40

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  15. hahaha return winner, loved it

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  16. Good start. :)
    And already some nice points.

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  17. Yes, two aces! :)

    Usually it's Petzschner who... oh drat. Still, 3-1.

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  18. 5-2 3 bps saved in that game, i like that

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  19. 5-2.
    That was a bit of a nerve-racking game to watch. David is putting too many into the net - he was doing that yesterday too.

    My stream froze in the middle of that, and now it's behind the scoreboard. Annoying to see the result of the point first, but in this case I was relieved to see he had held serve while still watching the point being played out.

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  20. What a nice way to finish the set, David.

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  21. An ace to take the set - I like that a lot! :)

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  22. that serving for set could not be any better, finishing a set with Ace, much better and clean first set than yesterday, hope he will close this in the 2nd

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  23. Nice 1st set. This isn't the guy we saw yesterday.

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  24. did u c that backhand down the line winner julia ? his got to be kidding me, half a chance now

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  25. Yeah, I saw it. :)
    And he really is playing much, much better today.

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  26. I love it whenever David gets the opportunity for a "clever" play - I just know he's going to make it, and make it look good.
    :)

    Petzsche's body language is kind of negative today.

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  27. we need the double break now, ow yes, thats not david of yesterday

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  28. Istabraq, I'm trying to figure out what Petzsche is telling himself - but I can't. But it can't be something nice... lol

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  29. Can we possibly say mid-season form right now?

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  30. Winners/UEs = 15/10, that tells about everything.
    yesterday he did 4 errors in a single game

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  31. David had a chance to take it right there on Petzsche's serve. But still, he's looking good to finish it now.

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  32. As of right now it is 5-2 Nalbandian in the second set. Let's hope he has made some progress and serves out the set for once. Hopefully that can be a good omen for the season. If he doesn't serve it out, then I assert that it's meaningless.

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  33. petztchner is a polite guy, anyways into the quarter finals with an easy win just like we hoped for.

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  34. Well done, David.

    I never thought Petzschner would be an easier oppponent than Fognini. But that wasn't "good" Petzsche out there today.

    I was so confident when I saw David come to the net on the last point - his net play has been great today.

    Stream frozen again. Missing the interview. :-(

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  35. No, the stream cut off before the interview today.

    But the important thing is - what a difference a day makes...

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  36. Very impressive. Now walkabouts today. Playing like this and wearing red, how can you lose?

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  37. Looks like he had to do some sort of game like the others had been doing - but it wasn't a remote control car race today - shame.

    I think David took one look at me after staying up all night yesterday, and recognised someone in severe need of her beauty sleep!
    :0

    Well done David. :)

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  38. When I said Petzschner was an easier opponent than Fognini, I didn't mean to take anything away from David. Although Petzsche wasn't at his best (still a bit rusty after his injury break maybe?) David took full advantage.

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  39. Assuming Nalbandian gets Isner tommorrow, it is vitally important that he holds serve consistently. He is completely superior to Isner from the back of the court, so there is no excuse for him to drop any service games at such an important time to do so. If he keeps holding serve, his opportunities to break will come. Once he gets a break, then the floodgates can open and he can run away with the match.

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  40. I called it wrong with DeBakker (barely) so now I will make bold prediction no2 and say David vs Haase for tomorrow. Haase is looking to be good after his long injury and last year was sort of a comeback for him. He's achieved some confidence and played top players so my gut is feeling the upset over Isner. Oh well I don't care who he plays because obviously I want David to win. =)

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  41. Haha, the schedule is out and David is playing third again. The organisers sure love putting him on that timeslot. A real test as to who the loyal fans are... or either who has more flexible sleeping patterns, lol.

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