Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Copa Claro R1 - David vs Potito Starace



Just like last year, David has defeated Potito Starace in straight sets in the first round at Buenos Aires. Only that this time, there was no epic rain delay, the match could be finished on the same day and David's victory was a straightforward 6-4, 6-4.

In the second round, David will now face his countryman Juan Pablo Brzezicki (who made it through qualies and beat Filippo Volandri 6-1, 6-3 in his first-round match). It will be their first encounter.

Some photos and screencaps on the Photo Page.
You can download the match via David on Screen.

More tomorrow...



(AP Photo/Getty Images; montage by VD)

It's not only a case of same opponent, same round, same event - even the date is exactly the same. A year ago to the day, David played Potito Starace in the first round at Buenos Aires.
It was the last of their three encounters so far and although it was maybe not the best or most dramatic match between these two, it was still the most exciting one, for a different reason. As it was, of course, David's first official match after hip surgery (reports here & here).

Today's match will be the fourth meeting between David and Potito Starace and it's also the fourth time that they meet on clay. In his comeback match last year, as well as in the quarterfinal at Acapulco 2008, David beat Starace in straights. The only close and dramatic match they played took place when they first met at Buenos Aires, in the quarterfinal 2008. Back then David dropped the first set before taking the second in a tiebreak and eventually winning in three (on his way to the title, which he won that year).

Potito Starace, currently ranked #46, has had a good Golden Swing so far, having reached the semifinal at Santiago and the quarterfinal at Costa do Sauipe (where he lost to Giraldo and Dolgopolov, respectively). Starace is a clay specialist with a pretty good serve and forehand, who also likes to play drop-shots, if he gets the chance. Something that David will try to prevent by keeping him too busy for it.
Or in David's words:
"I've always had nice matches against Potito. He's a very tough player, who likes to play on clay." (Source.)

"He's a tough player with a very heavy forehand, who doesn't miss a lot of first serves." (Source.)

57 comments:

  1. Ha ha, classic picture match. :-)

    Looking forward to this one. Spooky that even the date's the same.

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  2. Great night session matches tonight. I would love to see David and Alex play each other sometime (maybe at this tournament if they both keep winning), although I might pass out from the excitement :D

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  3. Yeah, I'd like to take a look at Chucho/Dolgo after David's match. Maybe there'll be something on justin.tv.

    Istabraq, yeah, I got lucky there, finding that pic of Starace. :)

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  4. same opponent, same round, same event, same date, 4th meeting, 4th on clay and a foto with a same action ... haha

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  5. nalby starting soon :D

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  6. I'm glad there seems to be a better stream available for David's match, the camera angle of the stream for the Wawrinka match was very much on the o.O side for me.

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  7. Hmmm, red shirt, red background...

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  8. livescores not working???

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  9. With also not Noubar...

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  10. Here with me I wanted to write, sorry.
    Don't know why it isn't working...

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  11. There's live scores on the Bet365 page.

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  12. Just about to post that I can't get livescores...

    So it's not just me.

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  13. david broke, that was a nice return on BP, he waited for starace to place him self, then smashed the return

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  14. thank you Mina, so 1st set to bed, things werent looking as promising at 4-4 0-30 down though

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  15. Nice set. I think David is ready to roll now.

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  16. A routine set from Nalby,nothing special from either side,lets hope he keeps up the good work

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  17. Perfect in time for taking set home, my live stream decided to work. So I can't say anything how he played until now. But good he took the first and closed the set with his service game.

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  18. Mina, you must be bringing him luck. Don't go away! :)

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  19. anyone recording this ???

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  20. At 0-1 in the second set, Nalbandian has just three perfect forehand winners to win the game. I hate when people talk about that shot as if it is anything approaching a weakness. It might not be as superb as his best-of-all time backhand, but that is not a standard to be ashamed of falling short of.

    Nalbandian's forehand is actually outstanding when his game is clicking. Ask anyone of his victims in Washington.

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  21. OMG that was RAFA nadal like

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  22. Nalbandian's game is looking very impressive right now. Starace is a tricky opponent on clay. He gave Nadal hell a couple years ago at Hamburg in an almost three-hour match, and also challenged Nalbandian at the Copa Telmex 2008, when they had a very tight match as Julia noted in her post.

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  23. I stay Istabarq :-)
    Hope he holds his break.

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  24. Bad service game,I must say tho that I like Potitos pirate look with the headband and earring

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  25. As usual, failing to consolidate a break is making things far more complicated than they need to be and will also cause him to waste more energy early in the tournament. From 2-1, up a break, to down 3-2 having lost all of the momentum, in the snap of a finger.

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  26. hope he holds this time lol

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  27. Starace gifting back the break

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  28. 5-3, i think its gna be 6-3

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  29. ok serving for match, if he gets it, would be a nice 1st round win with 6-4 6-4

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  30. The backhand at 5-4, 30-15 was awesome.

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  31. Yay David!
    Didn't let the foot-fault put him off.

    "I can drop shot too!"

    Nice and frinedly at the net.

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  32. and he does... LETS GO DAVID LETS GO, nice start

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  33. awesome way to finish the match

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  34. frinedly = friendly.

    I got a bit over-excited. ;)

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  35. Nice way to finish. Well done.

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  36. /cry, no stream of the 2nd match :(

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  37. Yes very nice, I love to see David smile.
    Overall a good start, I think from what I saw! Vamos!

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  38. hope andvari will make the highlights....

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  39. Solstice, maybe there'll be one on justin.tv. Have to wait till the match starts.

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  40. Impressive win. Starace is not an easy opponent on the dirt

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  41. ok next is Pablo Brzezicki, never heard of him before, a 28 year old unknown Argentine, shouldn't be a problem.

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  42. Yeah,Im usually not of the kind to underestimate opponents but he really shouldnt have problems with Brzezicki,196 in the world,and its not like hes up and coming,same age as David...

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  43. Stream for the second match of the night here.

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  44. exactly Adrian, the Age cut my attention, because sometimes it might be a newcomer with nothing to lose, but being a 28, and never heard his name ?!?!
    gna watch dolgo now, thanks Julia

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  45. Brzezicki plays Challenger level, normally. That's probably why you haven't heard of him before.

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  46. @Noubar I am gonna try, but I have problems with editing lately.

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  47. Thanks for that link. I should have been patient but after the first stream went off the air, I was like, aaahhhh!! :)

    Sadly now my dream match will have to wait until another tournament. I thought Acasuso played smart by not letting him hit very many forehands. Looking forward now to David's next match.

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  48. for the 1st time, megaupload worked for me, thanks for whoever recorded this, i downloaded it and making the highlights at the moment because andvari seems to be having some problems.

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  49. ow just found the video he made on youtube. then i wont make it, ill just watch it lol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7PBz5ehjzo

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  50. You're welcome. :)
    Glad to hear that Megaupload worked for you this time.
    I'll include Andvari's highlights with my report.

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