Thursday, February 17, 2011

Copa Claro R2 - David vs Juan Pablo Brzezicki



Update
It could've been a lot quicker and even more one-sided than this but still, David didn't have to work too hard to beat Juan Pablo Brzezicki 6-1, 6-2.

In the quarterfinal tomorrow, he'll now face Tommy Robredo.

A few more screencaps you'll find on the Photo Page.
The match is available for download via David on Screen.

More tomorrow...



(Getty Images/La Legion Argentina; montage by VD)

When Juan Pablo Brzezicki beat Filippo Volandri in the first round of the Copa Claro on Monday, it was the first time he won a match at ATP level since Roland Garros 2007. Back then, he made his way through qualies and won two rounds before losing to Carlos Moya in the third. It was the biggest success of his career. Which shows the different roads David's and Brzezicki's careers have taken since their junior days. And while David had has said that he knows his opponent today from back then*, chances are that they haven't seen too much of each other since.
And they've never played an official match against each other before.
*"I know Brzezicki from way back. As juniors, we played national tournaments. I played for Córdoba, he for Buenos Aires. I have to think about my game more than about my opponent." (Source.)
Juan Pablo Brzezicki (if you're not sure how that's pronounced - he demonstrates it in the audio clip on this page, both the Argentinean and the original Polish version) is currently ranked #196 and usually plays clay-court Challengers. And to be honest, I've never seen him play before.
So I can't tell you anything about his game. Instead, here's a clip, which not only offers you a brief look at Brzezicki (amongst other players) but also contains David's match point and celebration, as well as his press conference after the Starace match...



... in which David says he thinks both Djokovic and Murray have what it takes to become #1 but also that Nadal and Federer are not done yet.

Also not done yet, at the Copa Claro: David.
Who we'll see again at prime time, tonight.

31 comments:

  1. Looking forward to tonight's match.

    It's interesting what a variety of ethnic backgrounds the Argentine players come from.

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  2. Not only Argentine, all south and north americans and australians have foreign ethnic backgrounds(except Indianas and some others). The origins are in Asia, Europa and Africa :)

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  3. I just meant that you might expect the majority of non-indigenous backgrounds to be Spanish. I'm thinking of the Mayers and the Schwanks as well as the Nalbandians and Brzezickis. Interesing.
    :)

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  4. To Julia's last comment on the last post: I too would be very surprised if he skipped Monte Carlo. He has QF points to defend there. And hasn't he always said that he has a fondness for the venue/the facilities at MC?

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  5. i dont c david skipping Monte Carlo either , but we are not gna discuss something based on a comment in the MTF, could be entirely false, or completely true. As for today, good luck to David, the logic says it should be a 1 sided affair, but you never know sometimes.

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  6. Time to settle in for another night session at Copa Claro...here's hoping David takes care of business and we don't see any signs of "crazy David" tonight :D

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  7. Anyone else having trouble with the Bet365 stream? It started late, and now I've lost it altogether.

    No... it's back. I've seen about two points so far and it's 3-0.

    Oh dear, is this match going to be embarrassing?

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  8. Well, at least David got some practice there.

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  9. Nalbandian appears to be in the same frame of mind that he was in during his week in Washington. Very focused, very motivated, energetic and hitting the ball with total cleanness on the vast majority of points.

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  10. He's had the odd concentration lapse. But with this level of opponent, we're really seeing how scary some of David's shots are. I feel like I can begin to imagine what it would be like to be on court facing him.

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  11. I agree. J.P. is pretty much forcing David to win the point, which he is regularly doing.

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  12. Istabraq, he has done the same thing to Federer, Nadal, Murray - you name it. He makes everyone look completely inferior when he's in the zone.

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  13. He sometimes just gets mad at himself too fast and it starts effecting his game,but none the less,hes leading by a set and a break,and one foot in the QF.

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  14. As usual - a match unnecessarily prolonged by failing to consolidate breaks.

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  15. Nice win for Nalby,great returning,some great backhands,all in all,a very solid performance.

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  16. What a backhand to set up the match point. All in all, a good workout.

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  17. the entire match is a thing, and the On the run backhand down the line winner at the end of the match is a thing, simply superb.

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  18. Good win for him from the few minutes that i watched, this tournament will do him good for the next weeks to come...

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  19. David plays tomorrow same time, 7:30 pm local.Looks like they'll that spot for him for the entire tourny

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  20. It says "possible time change". It depends on who he plays.

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  21. ok got it. but at least we r sure its a night session :P

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  22. And also about that great backhand down the line mentioned by John and Noubar...

    For a moment I thought David wasn't going to go for it, in a "I must be careful of my hip" sort of way. I'm sure he was glad he did.

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  23. Istabraq, if you read this - I can't email you at your normal account. Don't know what's wrong. I've tried your phone account now.

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  24. Julia - yes, got it thanks. :)
    Don't know what the problem is with the other account.

    So it's Tommy Robredo tomorrow.

    Looking forward to seeing the next "matched" picture. I don't think this one will be a backhand. ;)

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  25. Yes, a very good performance from David. But get broken in a 6:1 6:2 victory twice is not normal lol ... oh yes, normal for David. He got so much times broken in Washington but made in every match 4-6 breaks I think, lol. I can remember what David said before his first match here. He said something like he is in a good shape because his trainer was with him and he has trained hard. So David expected to play so good which he also promised. That is an evidence that David can do it when he wants.

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  26. ok i have a little question here, a bit early but still. We know its Robredo in the quarters, but also Acacuso vs Almagro in the other quarter, whats better for David? to face the less talented countryman or the dangerous Almagro with the support of the home crowd ?
    Acacuso is easier but i don't like it when he plays an Argentine, the home crowd advantage completely demolishes.

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  27. Noubar,I think that Acasuso would be better if he beats Robredo,Almagro is great on clay,in my opinion if ge gets a good draw at Roland Garros which he sould get beacause he will likely be a high seed he can go very deep in the tournament,Im thinking QF,maybe if he gets lucky even deeper.

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