Friday, February 18, 2011

Copa Claro QF - David vs Tommy Robredo


(tournament site)

UpdateII
It's official now - all play has been cancelled for the day.

The revised schedule for tomorrow:

David vs Tommy Robredo
12pm local (3pm GMT/10am EST), Cancha Central

If David wins, he'll play his semifinal match (against either Nicolas Almagro or José Acasuso) in the night session, which will start at 7pm local (10pm GMT/5pm EST). There's a bit of chaos at the moment. And there could be more of that tomorrow.
We'll see...


It's still raining in Buenos Aires. Here's the latest message from the organisers:
"We're going to wait until 8.30pm, then we'll have a meeting with the ATP. If the weather doesn't improve we'll be announcing the schedule of play for tomorrow shortly afterwards."


Another round at the Copa Claro and another match for David against someone he has known since junior days. Though Tommy Robredo is of course a player David has met several times on the Tour since then. Eight times, to be precise, from their very first encounter at ATP level, all the way back in 2001, to the two matches they played last year (at Monte Carlo and Toronto). Six out of those eight times it was David who prevailed (including their last three meetings). And out of the five matches they played on clay, David won three.

For Tommy Robredo, currently ranked #32, the Golden Swing has been a bit of a mixed bag, so far. He won the title at Santiago, beating Santiago Giraldo in the final, but then went out in the second round the following week at Costa do Sauipe (where he lost to Pablo Andujar).
David won his last three matches against Robredo rather easily (in 2008 and 2010; the last time they met before that was back in 2006). But that doesn't mean he's expecting tonight's match to be an easy one...
"I've played against Tommy many times. Ever since junior days we've met each other on the Tour and it's going to be a tough match because he moves well on this surface." (Source.)
P.S. As always, Tamar is at the Copa Claro. You can have a look at her photos here.

Update
The not so good news: After the weather was perfect the last few days, it's raining today at Buenos Aires and the forecast says it could be raining all day. How that will affect today's schedule at the BALTC remains to be seen.
Right now, play is underway. Let's hope the weather holds...
4.40pm local - Play is suspended (at 3-3 in the third set of the first match of the day).
5.02pm local - The second match of the day session (Almagro/Acasuso) has been moved to Court No.2.
6.40pm local - Still rain delay at the BALTC.

49 comments:

  1. The weather forecast for Buenos Aires on weather.com shows sun and clear skies the rest of the day. There shouldn't be a radical overturning of the schedule. There's still enough time to get the two center-court matches in before Nalbandian v. Robredo at 7:30. That is good. It will keep Nalbandian in the routine of demolishing opponents at 7:30.

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  2. Right now it's raining, play is delayed and on the Argentine TV channel I have on they just said rain is forecast for the whole day.
    Right now, anything between a relatively brief delay and a wash-out is possible. We'll have to wait and see.

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  3. Also, good posts as always. Couldn't ask for a better quarterfinal than Robredo, frankly.

    Does anyone know when the Acapulco draw is being posted?

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  4. I have looked at weather.com for a few years now and it's never been that far off about a short-term prediction. So let's keep our fingers crossed, so there doesn't have to be a two-match day tommorrow.

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  5. It's not going to be a wash-out - the first match is about to get underway now.

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  6. Yeah, Julia, I see Montanes and Chela have just started. Hope the weather holds. Another cool montage. Soon you will be called the Montage Queen.

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  7. Never doubt weather.com, lol

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  8. The rain is back and play is suspended at the BALTC...

    Thanks, John. Yeah, I admit I like making those matching pics. :)

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  9. Was Chela's match suspended at 3-3 in the 3rd?

    Hope the rain stops soon, I was hoping to watch Almagro get revenge on Acasuso for me this afternoon :)

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  10. Yep, that's right.

    But no, I want Chucho to beat Almagro. Also for David's sake. ;)

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  11. Oops, right after I submitted that comment, I noticed the original post does say it was suspended at 3-3. Reading comprehension ftw!

    And while I would prefer the eye candy of Almagro vs. David...I definitely see your point :D

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  12. I've seen Almagro getting called many things but that's a first... lol

    Well, I like Chucho and I'm glad to see him back.

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  13. hope rain stops now, maybe they should move Almagro to an other court, so david can start at same time.

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  14. I was just posting an update about that when your comment came.

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  15. hehe just saw it Julia, i wish i hoped for something else, a million dollars per say lol well, nice schedule change, because if David's match starts after 7:30 pm local, Aljazeera wont broadcast it. hope so.

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  16. Anyone care to join me in a "rain, please go away so we can watch tennis" dance? :)

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  17. That they've already moved the second match is good for David but it's also a sign that they're expecting this delay to be a longer one.
    So patience (and perhaps some anti-rain dancing :) is needed once again... Just like last year.

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  18. julia, can you see the rain via a stream or something?

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  19. I have TyC Sports on and right now, they're still showing something else. But when play resumes, I'll see it.

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  20. It's still raining a little but they're preparing the court at the moment. Looks like play could resume soon.

    One thing is clear, though. David won't be happy about the conditions.

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  21. Since there's so litte left of the Chela-Montanes match, everything is still on schedule for Nalbandian-Robredo. It shouldn't start any later than 8pm local time.

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  22. it depends on the rain, at least its clay, they don't have to dry the court out.

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  23. The rain must have been torrential from what I've seen. It basically looked like the court was flooded.
    The problem for David will be that it'll be considerably slower. And he'll have to be extra careful with his movement.

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  24. so play should be resumed anytime now? or still raining ?

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  25. They just showed workers preparing the court. Though there was still a bit of rain.
    Right now, we're back to football...

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  26. Images from Buenos Aires (as in, the city) now - it's raining harder again.

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  27. Love the matching pics as usual.
    :)
    But were they taken just after David and Tommy had seen the weather forecast?

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  28. lol Istabraq, thats no good news Julia, I dont care if i watch the match on TV, just dont want the quarters and the semis in the same day.

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  29. There's still hope, right now...
    But yeah, two matches tomorrow - the last thing David needs.

    Istabraq, didn't think the pics would turn out to be "prophetic". :O

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  30. I agree, Noubar and Julia, quarters and semis on same day is not good. But neither is a damp, slow and slippery court. I'm pulling for Chucho. Definitely better for David. Wonder what Nicolas was doing at Costa do Sauipe last week that the fans were booing him. Maybe it only happened when he was playing Belluci. Don't know.

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  31. The justin.tv channels I was watching TyC Sports on have now switched to other programs.
    I can no longer see what's happening at the BALTC. Or rather - if anything is happening there.

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  32. ow My, Aljazeera is showing Atp tennis magazine now, atp uncovered, and they updated copa claro time into 11 pm gmt, i can hardly imagine thats happening

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  33. I'm reading now that they still hope that the matches can be played tonight. - Only that it will get a little (or much) later. (From the Fue Buena Twitter.)

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  34. Actually, Almagro didn't play Bellucci at Costa, so I don't know what was up.

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  35. Almagro isn't exactly well-liked by a lot of people. Also on the forums. That's what I was alluding to, in my reply to Solstice, earlier on.
    I don't have a problem with him, though.

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  36. A doubles match still to be finished has been moved to tomorrow. But they're "still waiting to resume the singles matches".

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  37. News from the tournament site:
    "We're going to wait until 8.30pm, then we'll have a meeting with the ATP. If the weather doesn't improve we'll be announcing the schedule of play for tomorrow shortly afterwards."

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  38. looks like its gna be played tomorrow after all, why does this happen...

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  39. This is so annoying. I really hope they wait the ran out and play the matches tonight.

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  40. I hope they can play it tonight too. I've been looking forward all day to a nice dinner, glass of wine, and live tennis stream...and Roddick v. Hewitt later isn't as good as getting to see David play.

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  41. Thanks for the Almagro tidbit, Julia. I find his court comportment somewhat annoying, so I can understand that. Hopefully we'll know something shortly.

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  42. On Fue Buena, they're saying all matches are cancelled for the night. Still have to wait for official confirmation but it seems that David will have to play two matches tomorrow.

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  43. So if they dont play tonight,will they put the QF match in the morning and the SF during the night tomorrow,or will they prolong the tournament to Monday?

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  44. It's official, play is cancelled.

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  45. I really hope nothing happens injury-wise over the course of the next week or so.

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  46. I hadn't quite decided whether or not to play tennis tomorrow afternoon. I have made my decision now. ;)

    See you tomorrow, folks.

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  47. Yep, see you tomorrow. For a day at the Copa Claro that could mean anything from two matches for David to no play at all...

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  48. will the match with robredo be televised or streamed?

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  49. I've just had a look and it's listed on Bet365, which means there should be streams everywhere (if they end up playing).

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