Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Santiago R1 - David vs Carlos Berlocq

UpdateII
It was a strange match and what exactly happened in the second set, well, we'll see what David will have to say about that. But in the end, after almost two hours, David converted his second match point to beat Carlos Berlocq 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.
In the second round, he'll now face another Argentinean, his Davis Cup teammate Horacio Zeballos.

More soon...



(AP Photo/Deportes.Orange.es; montage by VD)

Update
5.17pm local - David's match is now about to begin...

4.57pm local - the first match is finally over, second seed Juan Monaco has lost to Maximo Gonzalez. Next up on the Cancha Central: David.
3.57pm local - the first match on the Cancha Central goes into a third set. So it'll still take a moment until David's match will begin.

With a total of eight other Argentine players (apart from David, himself) in the draw at Santiago, there was a fair chance that David might get to meet one of them in the first round. And now it's indeed an encounter with one of his countrymen that he will start this tournament and the Golden Swing on clay with.
Carlos Berlocq usually plays clay Challengers. Playing a lot of those last autumn and consistently scoring good results, he has now managed to move up to #65 in the rankings - the highest ranking he has ever had in his career.
David has played against Berlocq once before, at Roland Garros 2008. I remember that match and David's easy 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 victory, which looked promising at the time (until in the following round David's hip injury struck again). Normally, this should be an easy match for David. But it's also his first match on clay this season. So perhaps, he will still need to adjust a little.

As far as I can see, there will be no stream for this match. Only the scoreboard.

52 comments:

  1. Berlocq had a great season last year, and has some impressive results on the challenger tour.

    I expect a close match, something like Nalbandian 6-4 7-5.

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  2. its not Carlos's game but rather David's that will decide this match, David is too good for him, but sometimes these kind of players do some damage, specially that he plays mostly on clay, well c.

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  3. Oh to be in Santiago. Can't find a stream and it's -12 F where I am.

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  4. A comparatively cosy -2°C here but yeah, I know what you mean...
    The weird thing is that there were streams for this tournament in the last few years. Just not this time...

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  5. Yeah, it looks like not until Feb. 4. Of course we could watch Johannesburg or Zagreb. Bummer.

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  6. First set to David, 6-2. Including not only a double break but also a double fault on his first set point... But at least he took the second one.

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  7. Nice and easy there. Though there were a couple of long games. I sure like following sets/matches with double breaks. :)

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  8. yay first set nalby :D

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  9. But it didn't last very long...

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  10. 8 double faults now from David. And the second with 2 in a row I think.

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  11. Already made two in a row when he served for the first set...

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  12. What's wrong with David. #9 double fault and set point for Berlocq... 6:2 for Berlocq the second set :O

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  13. Yeah, the question right now is whether there is something wrong with him.

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  14. Wonder if it's windy there or what. Nine double faults is ridiculous.

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  15. Interesting, hopefully he's not injured, and hopefully he can regroup here.

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  16. I didn't saw that Julia, then maybe the third time that he made 2 DF in a row. I hope he is not injured and it was the weak David only we know. The first set was 6:2, but not so easy.agousit

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  17. Twice. In the last game of both the first and the second set.
    We'll have to see whether he can manage to serve better again in the third now.

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  18. forget that what I wrote in the end of my last sentence. I had to write it for word verification lol
    I didn't follow the whole first service game of Berlocq. With what result lost it David?

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  19. Oh dear.

    (managed to get online but not for long.)

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  20. Now break ahead David. But he could have it easier after 30:0, but Berlocq came to 30:30 and and saved the next break point after that.

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  21. Up an early break now in the third. Hopefully, it was only the second set that was - oh dear...

    Ashot, I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

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  22. Hu what was wrong in the second? But good that it seems going better again in the third, keep it up David!

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  23. Julia, I mean I didn't want to write "agousit" (in the end) in my comment. When you comment here you have to type a word verification (called captcha I think) to add the comment, but I wrote it in the text line.

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  24. No, I meant the question you asked earlier on. :)

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  25. David has to fight in every game, even when he is 30:0 up.

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  26. If you mean this questian "With what result lost it David?" Julia, I mean, lost David the first game in the third set (berlocq's serve) to 0, to 15 or to 30 maybe?

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  27. oh, I didn't saw on the scoreboard since 3:2 and deuce on David's serve, and now he leads with 2 breaks, wow

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  28. What a strange match. David just needs to forget about the second set. Wonder where the DFs came from?

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  29. Double faults are always there and have been a constant in his career. They have cost him so many crucial points over there it's almost unfathomable.

    Nonetheless, it's a good win and I really hope he can win this title. It would set a good tone for the next few months, which are critical with all the MS Events, as well as Davis Cup in early March (wouldn't mind seeing him do well in Acapulco either).

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  30. pooh, David David. I hope everything is OK with him.

    Julia, sorry but can you copy that question in your comment :). I don't see any questian by me, at least not any which is difficult to understand.
    yes, I read the comment nr. 15 which is from you. Do you mean the question "what's wrong with David?"?.. when not then I don't know too what you mean. So copy that question in your comment so that I can know what you mean :)

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  31. Oh I am back on a computer, and I see that David has managed to win the third set rather comfortably. Good news. :)

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  32. Ashot, you asked about how Berlocq held serve in the first game of the third set, to 0, 15 or 30. And I answered your question: 15.

    I didn't copy/paste the question because I thought my comment would appear directly below yours. But Istabraq and you (with another comment) were too quick for me. ;)

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  33. Krystle, yeah, it seemed like he "got himself back together again". Definitely served better again at the end. After I was already thinking he might have an abdominal injury again...

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  34. I dont think we should all panic that he has some kind of injury just because he lost a set,Berlocqs a solid clay court player,cant win em all on clay 6-2,6-1,hes not Nadal,the win is all that matters

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  35. oh ok, lol, a real funny misunderstandings :)
    can't wait for the interview, hopefully without any bad news

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  36. Yeah, we'll see what David will say about this match. I'll post what I can find (and also pics) tomorrow.

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  37. Good night (or morning), It's 11:53 pm at me! I have to wake up at 5:50 to go to commercial school. but at least I don't have to sleep less then 3 or 2 hours, because all tests are over in the first term lol.

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  38. Anonymous, it's not that he lost a set to Berlocq that made me panic. It was his horrible serve stats, particularly in the second set. Bad enough to suspect some problems in the abdominal area. Wouldn't have been the first time.
    But the way he came back in the third makes problems like that seem unlikely now.

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  39. i was out of town, but had the eurosport scores opened on my cellphone, i dont get what happened in 2nd set, but he managed to win, zeballos is not that easy imo, tougher than Berlocq

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  40. Any updates on the possible abdominal injury?

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  41. I think David just let up on his game there early in the second set, and it gave confidence to Berlocq. David decided to wait until the second set to really go out and win in, and probably lost focus in the second set which is why he was faulting a lot. At least I hope that's what happened....

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  42. Yes John, but 10 double faults is uncharacteristic of Nalbandian against this quality of opponent. That's why I'm afraid Julia's suspicions about an injury or the start of one might be right.

    Don't forget that he played two clay tournaments last season, and was injured at both. I hope this season is completely different, but the potential for injury is much greater on clay, as Ruiz-Cotorro told Nalbandian all of last spring during the comeback.

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  43. I really hope it's not injury, because he really doesn't deserve another set back. He did end up cleaning up his serve in the 3rd set, so maybe it was the weather or something but who knows, there's always drama with David

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  44. GettyImages has all the match pictures now, you can check it out, the watermark sucks though.

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  45. Santiago live streaming starts Friday for sure.

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  46. Good news about David!
    It's everything ok with him. He explained in his interview that the conditions weren’t a problem for him yesterday. It was his first match on clay and therefore it was tough, but he came back to a good level in the third set again.

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  47. thanks ashot, but where did you find the interview??

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  48. There are some quotes from David, all saying it was just a lapse of concentration, no physical problems.
    Post coming up.

    But problems, finding pics. Can't use the watermarked ones, can't find them without watermark...

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  49. on ATP site atpworldtour.com

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