Friday, February 18, 2011

Copa Claro R2: David breezes past Brezicki

(Highlights by Andvari - thanks.)

It was a quick and easy victory for David that could've been even quicker and easier - but in the end, it still took David merely 68 minutes to defeat Juan Pablo Brzezicki 6-1, 6-2. In the quarterfinal tonight (again at prime time), David will now meet sixth seed Tommy Robredo. His match record against the Spaniard stands at 6-2.

In my pre-match post, I wrote about the different roads that the careers of David and Brzezicki have taken since the days when they met at junior events in Argentina. And those very different roads manifested themselves in two different levels of play that were on display in this match. David clearly was the better player in every department, outhitting and outplaying Brzezicki basically at will and allowing him to hold serve only once in the entire match (for 4-1 in the first set, though not without a lengthy deuce battle and after having had break points).

But although David was completely in charge of the match and hit a number of spectacular winners, he also made a number of unforced errors, both off the forehand and the backhand wing. More unforced errors than you'd expect him to make, given his dominance during the rallies and the fact that he only rarely found himself under any pressure. An example of which were the two breaks of serve in the second set that David gifted to Brzezicki with a combination of unforced errors and double faults. In short, it seemed as if David had some difficulties, staying focused in this match. Which probably had something to do with the different levels of play that I've mentioned above. In any case, I have no doubt that he'll find it easier to stay focused when he gets tested more on court again.

David's summary of the match:
Today everything worked really well, I feel good and I didn't have to wear myself out, physically. That's also important.
With two fairly easy victories under his belt now, David is not only happy with the way he played so far but also thinks that it's time to aspire to greater things.
I feel great, in those two matches that I've played I was aggressive, I was always in control and I moved with ease. I think that if I can keep up this level I have chances of winning the tournament.
At his press conference, David was also asked what he thinks about the surface change that his former coach Martin Jaite, the tournament director, is planning for the Copa Claro. Here's what David had to say about that.
Everybody knows that I prefer to play on hardcourt, I feel better [playing on it] and I would've liked it if they had changed the surface 10 years ago. However, I have to take into account that tennis in South America is based on playing on clay and while one or two [players] would benefit from a change it would hurt 50 or 60 others. (Source.)
As far as I know, the decision will be made this summer.
But for now it's - David on clay at the Copa Claro. And in the quarterfinal tonight.

(Olé; photo above to the left: EFE)