Thursday, January 13, 2011

Auckland SF - David vs Nicolas Almagro



Update II
David has defeated Nicolas Almagro 6-4, 6-2 for a place in the Auckland final. There, he will face top seed David Ferrer.

Photos now on the Photo Page.
The match is available now on David on Screen.

The complete draw for the Australian Open you can view here.



(NZ Herald/Getty Images; montage by VD)

Update
David has drawn Lleyton Hewitt for the first round at the Australian Open.
Full draw soon.
I'm very happy about this victory because it allows me to continue my run and to keep gaining confidence. My game went from the lowest to the highest level and of course that makes you more and more confident with every match. My feeling is that I'm playing very well. (Telam)
- And that's not only David's impression, I daresay.
His opponent in todays's semifinal is the second seed Nicolas Almagro (currently ranked #14). They've met four times so far, with the match record tied at 2-2. Three of these four matches took place on clay (two of which Almagro won), while David beat the Spaniard in their only encounter so far that took place off of the clay - indoors at Paris 2007. And David also prevailed the last time they met, at Barcelona 2009 (one of David's last matches before surgery).

Almagro can cause David trouble, both with his serve and his backhand. And their previous matches have shown that he's not necessarily an easy match-up for David. But in his current form and with his confidence growing with every match, David will surely also be confident, going into this one.

(A couple of words concerning Vamos David: I've fallen ill but I'll try to keep up coverage, now that Krystle can no longer help out.)

59 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear that you fell ill, get healthy very soon and do only as much as you can, health is more important!

    I'm happy that David has such a good feeling and I enjoyed his matches very much. Hope that he can keep it up against Almagro!

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  2. wish u a soon recovery Julia, maybe if he wins today you will feel much better, try to have some tea, and catch some sleep.

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  3. Thank you both. :) Yeah, I hope it'll get better again soon. And I'll keep VD running but not at 100%. Pretty unfortunate moment to get ill, in terms of blogging...

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  4. Get well soon, Julia. Mina and Noubar's suggestions are very apropos. We can survive while you recover.

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  5. live scores isnt showing the singles match

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  6. ok they just added it.

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  7. David seemed very calm, cool and collected in the pre-match interview.

    And thanks, John. I seem to do little but sleep at the moment. (Though I have to say I hate tea, Noubar. No was I'm going to have any... lol)

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  8. heheh Julia, anyways Almagro looking good, hope David will hold and break now :)

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  9. I think David has drawn Lleyton Hewitt for the first round at the AO...

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  10. Someone said David has drawn Hewitt 1st round...

    Oh, I see I'm not the first with that news. :/

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  11. I didn't mean you by "someone" Julia!
    I'm keeping half an eye on another forum... but there have been some contradictions coming out of there!

    Hey! And David breaks!

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  12. One thing is for sure - no outside court for that one.
    And no niceties on court, probably.

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  13. u have to love that people, after the injury time out, i thought he was gna get broken at 0-30, holds be savin a break point than breaks, serving 4 set, cmmon el rey !!

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  14. that point on 30-30 was a rafa defense , 1st set in bed

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  15. Why has the draw not yet been posted on the Australian Open website? Where did you all get the news about the Hewitt match-up?

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  16. If what I've read is correct, the seeds David is projected to meet in order are Ferrer, Youzhny/Llodra, Nadal.

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  17. I thought this match would be later; guess I came in at a great time. David is leading 6-4 and 1-0 with a break in the second.

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  18. A double break would have been nice there.

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  19. Absolutely, Istabraq. I hope he doesn't get broken here to knot it back up at 2-2.

    Again, he served out the first set though, which is great. That is a great trend and I hope it continues.

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  20. this is a weird match.....

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  21. Come on, David...win this point!!! From 40-0 to deuce..amazing.

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  22. He made it hard enough for himself, but David holds for 3-1.

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  23. When he's been points down on his serve, I like the way he's got himself out of trouble by upping his level like yesterday, even though Almagro's tougher than Isner.

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  24. Well, he saved another BP just a moment ago. Please get the ad...
    AD David....HOLD!!! And he does....4-2.

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  25. I do hope I'm not about to regret that last statement. :0
    30-40...

    Nope, we're okay. :)
    4-2

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  26. again saves a break points, thats the most single thing i liked in his game on this tourny, saving BPs.
    2 more service games, into the final.

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  27. Tiffany, if he hadn't held there, I'd try to shift the blame onto you, since you arrived after David had the set and a break. ;)

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  28. Wow! 5-2. That break was almost too easy.

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  29. 15-40 come to papa 5-2, i was wrong, 1 service game into the final

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  30. Well, dang..I walk away for a quick sec, and David breaks to serve for the match!!! Get 'er done, dude!!!

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  31. Match game. David serving.

    15-0
    30-0
    For good measure, he had to miss a first serve.
    40-0...triple MP.
    Missed first serve.
    40-15
    And he wins 6-4 6-2. David into the Auckland final.

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  32. And he served out the match again. Great, great sign.

    He was just too good for Almagro. This 4-match run is one of those streaks when Nalbandian's talent has been overwhelming for his opponents.

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  33. This match lasted the same amount of time as yesterday's agaisnt Isner.

    Good that David has had all his wins in straight sets, he hasn't had any marathons to tire him out.

    I can't hear what he's saying because of the microphones near the spectators.

    Hey, we're going to see the game this time. :)

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  34. I could get used to David churning out clinical victories such as this one!

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  35. Noubar, I'd prefer that he avoid those break points altogether and play better before the break points even come.

    The best sign to me has been how he's been serving out sets and matches. That's a refreshing improvement from what we have so often seen from Nalbandian.

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  36. AO draw is out. He could be seeing a lot of Ferrer in the next week because if he beats Hewitt that would also be his likely 3rd-round opponent in Melbourne.

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  37. Lol, they're so casual, aren't they? David wanders off court while the announcer is busy chatting to the random guy.

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  38. No1 wants to c break points. but saving them means he can raise his level of play in the important moments and not making school boys errors.
    Gonna check the AO draw now
    @Tiffany, long time no c

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  39. @Noubar, been busy.

    Now to see who David's opponent for tomorrow night's final will be.

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  40. ok i dont think thats a bad draw at all, at least the top seed in David's quarter is number 7 ferrer, not nadal federer djokovic murray or so. And i like seeing hewit there, hopefully he will trash him in front of his crowd.

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  41. David is in Rafa's quarter. (Bigger draw, bigger quarters.)

    No report this time, I fell asleep a couple of times during the match...

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  42. Good win :) I think he played better against Isner yesterday though...and if I'm not wrong he didn't get broken in the last 3 matches. Don't want to jinx him but that's great given we're talking about David Nalbandian here ;) Best of luck for the final tomorrow :)
    On another note, can't wait for the AO to start to see that David-Hewitt, should be a good match!

    And Julia take some good rest and hope you'll get well soon :))

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  43. I'm really looking forward to seeing another Nalbandian Hewitt matchup, but it kinda stinks that he draws him first round because it will be a tough one. Hopefully he goes in fully confident and fit, and then I think it should be a good two weeks for him.

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  44. Good point, John. Playing Hewitt as opposed to some no-name like De Voest or Serra is good in the sense that if he wins, he can use the momentum from such a notable victory to leap into further success. If he beats Ferrer tommorrow and then Hewitt in the first round, he would definitely be the favorite in his eighth of the draw to reach the quarterfinals to play Nadal.

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  45. I have just logged in curious to see what the draw was. But before I got to it, they mentioned it in Kooyong.

    I'm quite upset about the AO draw. It was the only potential match-up that could have put David on Rod Laver Arena! It will surely be a night match too. I may consider purchasing a ticket, but I'll probably be sitting ridiculously far away. :(

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  46. I'm glad that it looks like David hasn't expended that much energy this week though.

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  47. I reckon Hewitt will request a day match, to try to get an advantage. But they probably won't grant it to him because it sounds like a good night match.

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  48. nalbos and hewitt to rub shoulders again at the aus open... EPIC!!

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  49. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPsR8qQh5nY

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  50. ya the exciting thing is that the "rub shoulders" was in the AO, and David lost that match, i am 100% sure David is pleased with the draw, and he wants to take the revenge, and maybe this time, he is the one who gets to scream Cmmon on every point.
    @Julia, sry i meant the top seed in his 1/8 lol

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  51. hey Julia, since your still sick, here is a ferrer-nalbandian Matching picture u can use.
    http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j391/noubar89/77653990-1.jpg

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  52. Feel better soon Julia *hug*

    Not so thrilled about the fact that he's in Rafa's quarter and that he's facing Hewitt in the very first round, but he's been doing well lately, so I'm gonna remain optimistic :)

    @Noubar nice matching picture!

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  53. Noubar, that was very nice of you. :)

    I think those LIFE watermarks might be a problem though. I tried looking up player photos in Google for my own blog a while ago, and the annoying thing is that the majority of photos that turn up are the LIFE photos.

    I'm considering watching some of the final tomorrow on my laptop from wherever I am. Just because that sounds pretty cool, watching David on my laptop in some random place. Actually, come to think of it, I think it will be on a nice shady grassed area (I don't want the sun blocking my view on the screen) The only problem is I think it only has a battery life of about one and a half hours.

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  54. Very nice of you , Noubar, indeed. :)
    But as Krystle says, the problem is the watermarks.

    Thanks, Noha and Camilia. And I'm trying to get in form for the AO. Though so far, it's not really working very well.

    And I don't like the AO draw at all, to be honest.

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  55. @Krystle, then lets hope David wins in a less than 1 and a half hours lol, or consider finding a power source.
    @camilia, thanks :)

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  56. @julia, just crop their legs lol

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  57. Here are several comments from the boys before today's final.

    “Always when we play together it’s a very tough match,” said Nalbandian. “Long ones, long rallies. It’s going to be the same as the rest of the matches we’ve played before. I have to keep playing my way, my level, and try to win.”

    Ferrer said of the key to his match against Nalbandian: “I need to have a good percentage with my first serve because he returns really good. If I don’t serve good, I will have a lot of problems because Nalbandian is a very aggressive player.”

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  58. Folks, this next two matches will be EXTREMELY important, almost season-defining if you ask me. If he beats Ferrer and Hewitt, then he will have two huge wins that put him back on the map and make him the favorite to reach the quarterfinals to play Nadal. If he goes 0-2, then this nice little start to the season in Auckland will look rather insignificant.

    Ferrer and Hewitt both have game and they're tough as nails, in particular Ferrer. They have both given Nalbandian tough matches in the past, as you would expect with their playing styles. But Nalbandian at his best can quite easily dominate them and put on a show. Let's hope he does that today and then when he gets started in Melbourne.

    These are HUGE matches, absolutely HUGE for Nalbandian. These matches can either make the start of the year ideal or cause the great start to blow up.

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  59. Noubar, I've made matching pics, myself. Wanted those two where they both stick their tongues out...
    But still, thank you. :)

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