Thursday, February 3, 2011

Santiago R2 - David vs Horacio Zeballos

UpdateII
David's week at Santiago has ended with a defeat at the hands of his Davis Cup teammate Horacio Zeballos, who prevailed 6-2, 7-5.

Everything else, report, interviews (if possible) and pics tomorrow.



(AP Photo/Diario Uno; montage by VD)
"He's a good server. We know each other from the Davis Cup. We've trained together many times but we have never played against each other before. It's a pity that we, the Argentine players, have to eliminate each other here."
(ATP website/Spanish version)
It's going to be a premiere - but this time, David will have a very clear idea of what's awaiting him. After all, David and Horacio Zeballos have been through three Davis Cup ties together, including the one against Sweden, where the two of them won the doubles. Apart from that, they played an exhibition match less than two months ago. Not very serious at all, even by exhibition standards but still - David will know what to expect, going into what will now be their first official encounter.

Horacio Zeballos is currently ranked #108 but his doubles ranking is #41. And as is usually the case with doubles experts, he's no stranger to mixing up his game and coming to the net. Backhand slice and drop-shots are also something David will get to see a lot of in this match. But the biggest weapon Zeballos has is his serve, made more dangerous by the fact that he's a lefty. And this is already his third event on clay this year, as instead of travelling to Australia, Zeballos played two clay-court Challengers in South America. He lost both times in the second round but what's clear is that he won't need to adjust to playing on clay.
How much progress David has made by now with his adjusting - we'll see.

Update
On this page there's a clip of David training with a young Chilean player (who enjoyed his chance to train with David so much that he said afterwards he could've gone on till midnight). The quality isn't great but it's something.

104 comments:

  1. He has got to win against Zeballos today, so that the match of the century can happen in the quarters:

    Daveeed v. Potito

    Does it get any better than that folks?

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  2. yes it can get a lot better than David vs Potito, were you joking there? lol

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  3. Yes, pretty clearly.

    But Potito is legendary. That is no joke.

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  4. Just an attempt at sarcasm. And getting people to reply.

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  5. Not an "attempt"; it's actual sarcasm. Which is why I'm sorry to see that anonymous doesn't have much of a sense of humor.

    Reminds me of the time last November of my "reporting" of a false Nalbandian pullout from Clarin. I'm suprised that half the people who visit this site didn't die, although based on their reactions it appeared that they almost did.

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  6. You should be grateful to Anonymous. You got your reply.

    For the record, I guess I should inform you that the next time I see the need to tell you that further comments will be deleted, this will refer to any further comments from you on this blog.

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  7. While while Chris can sometimes cause controversy on this blog, and sometimes goes against what you want on here, I personally like his different opinions on things. It makes this blog interesting, even if some "heated" discussions arise from it. Hopefully you don't ban him from commenting, but if that's your wish I can't really do anything about it. He's still a good fan of David, so I respect him for that.

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  8. You and me obviously have very different opinions on all of this.

    But it's my opinion that counts here.

    And it's not like I didn't warn him several times before.

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  9. But you're right, he does go against what I want for this site. Namely people treating each other friendly and with respect.

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  10. No I get why your doing it, you've asked politely multiple times, so if it happens then he deserves it. I think his comments are interesting but only because they are controversial.

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  11. As I've said - different opinions.

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  12. Sorry for making a joke before Julia. Apparently you think that amounts to just "wanting a response". And I kindly ask that anonymous cut out the foul language. The a-word is very offensive to me and everyone else.

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  13. It's not as offensive as ridiculing other posters here.

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  14. is there any stream for this match

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  15. No, streaming will start tomorrow.

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  16. alkmi thought u liked sarcasm Chris ? now your offended by my A word ? you think thats a swear ? most of the posters here don't like your attitude Chris, yes you are a good fan of David like all of us, but the posters here never complain about things over and over, and ridiculing other posters, i am not a poster here just a viewer, but i have never seen any 2 of them talking with disrespect to each other, and no one writes a comment as long as a WW article.

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  17. Julia,I just got back home, is the match gonna start in 30 minutes ?

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  18. So can we stop the accusations etc now - thank you.

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  19. here we go.
    zeb holded after 0-30 down, hmm

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  20. Is this link working for anyone? Just found it on Twitter:

    Transmisión en vivo del partido de Nalbandian http://t.co/NCZaAPf via @movistaropen

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  21. thats bad again wins 2 points 30-0 then gets broken, weird.

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  22. www.atpchile.cl/?page_id=1757

    Sorry, link changed after posting ...

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  23. Oops. Doesn't Horacio know he's supposed to lay down for David.

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  24. Not working for me, the stream I mean.

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  25. no, just loading Denise.
    cmmon break david, plssssss

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  26. thank YOU, back on serve

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  27. it became very obvious that david is serving very bad, even on 1st serve 25% win

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  28. from 15:40 to 40:40, poooh, come on held the serve!.. no, again a break point

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  29. he saved both,then DF on the 3rd, yup, some things never change

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  30. David is playing this week his worst tennis since long time, or even since his comeback. Live scores are enough to say that.

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  31. 4-1, our man forgot how to serve folks

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  32. Is the stream working for anyone?

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  33. Horacio has won 89% of his 1st service pts. Yikes! Let's turn it around David.

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  34. hopefully, a sudden wake up. now breakkk

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  35. am starting to get pissed off now, 40-0> 40-30 than ACE. David's stats are as worst as it gets

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  36. He really needs to get his head out of his behind and start playing.

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  37. i am pretty sure Zeballos is slicing that backhand, and david striking them on the net, cmmon man wake up before its 2 late

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  38. losing to zeballos would be TERRIBLE loss.

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  39. He probably gifted the game at 2-5 away. If he's going to make a move, it'll be in the first 3 or 4 games of the second set.

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  40. what the hell ?? he even doesnt let him to serve 4 the set to put pressure and hands him the advantage of serving 1st, a nightmare this is.

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  41. Is 6-2 David's favourite score this week? :(

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  42. come on david, end your career on a high.. not this usual shit.

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  43. Noubar, it's Nalbandian. He doesn't think like that. That's why when he's going great, he looks better than anyone, and when he's not, the wheels can come off pretty fast.

    I wouldn't worry just yet. Let's see how he starts the 2nd set. Keep in mind that this is Zeballos for goodness sake, and Nalbandian knows how to beat him, considering that he's done it every time they've ever practiced together, which is a lot.

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  44. Keep the faith, everybody. Still, I'm going to have a cerveza.

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  45. i know chris, but this is clay, and zeballos did adjust,and has nothing to loose, probably striking the ball as hard as he can lol,but yes, david must find a way now

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  46. ok David, now break, pls, if you dont take your break point chances you will get broken

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  47. Good thing Nalby just got the early break,still we all must have in mind Zeballos is ranked outside of the top 100 for a reason.Theres also a possibilty that even if he gets a chance to close it out he might choke.Lets hope for the best.

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  48. ok guyz, things are starting to shift now a little bit, fingers crossed...

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  49. Folks, this is completely different than, say, the Berankis match where the on-switch could not be flipped, because he was simply too tired. Here, we're dealing with one of Nalbandian's typical slow starts against a no-name opponent.

    The good news, like I said, is that he knows Zeballos's game inside out. He's also beaten him over and over, so once Nalbandian gets going, Horacio will be thinking "here we go again". The momentum must be sustained.

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  50. Adrian, i was gna make a similar comment, but didnt feel like typing, am nervous lol. 3-1, another break would be very much appreciated by the VDs

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  51. We need a hold and a break now.

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  52. He's certainly not a no-name opponent as far as David is concerned. Nor does anybody here know who beat who in training.

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  53. i like your last comment chris, you see, you can be a good poster man, just swim in the same pool lol but dont fart, ill hear the bubbles, jk

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  54. here we go again, 0-40, unbelievable stuff

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  55. he saves 2 BPs and DFs on the 3rd one, thats not even david we know, thats ugly

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  56. I remember you saying that Nalbandian won a bunch of sets against him before the DC tie against Russia. There's no doubt Nalbandian would have won the vast majority of their sets/matches. He's probably just playing terrible right now.

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  57. ya nobody knows, but the scoreboard does tell us some stuff right now, it will make me cry

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  58. Noubar, he has to grind out this set. It would probably have to be 7-5 or 7-6, but he just has to pull it out somehow, because Zeballos can sense the finish line now and won't be easy to put away at this point.

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  59. holds to love, now breaking the serve is an absolute must, david doesnt like situations like serving for staying, nor serving for winning

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  60. Especially if Zeballos holds now.

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  61. this looks like a tough match, shame there is no stream.

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  62. 40-15> deuce, break for christ sake

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  63. ok i dont have the nerves to watch this very game, ill take a walk in my place, hopefully when i come back its 5-5

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  64. No Noubar, I think serving to win he finds much more difficult than serving to stay in a set. Let's hope I am right here.

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  65. Yup, I was right, the first time. Let's hope the same if he has to serve at 5-6.

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  66. is this a joke ? couldnt break at 0-40 up at a 5-5, that was not cool.

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  67. Did I really just see that? He had 0-40 and lost the game. Unbelievable.

    Hold this damn game and win the tiebreak.

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  68. GAME OVER, that hurts, shame .
    the former worlds number 3 fails to get a win over an outside a top 100

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  69. He just lost to Horacio Zeballos. for goodness sake

    At least there's no injury.

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  70. Wow,though loss,had 2 break points the game before,missed his chance,prolly a very good match for Zeballos and a bad one for David,not that bad of a loss though,only a 250 tournament,not that much to gain or lose.

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  71. LOL zeballos covered my Unders (20.5) at least, what a fail from nalbandian. seriously, he has done nothing noteworthy now since 07, he better do something this year.

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  72. You're right, Adrian. The stated purpose of these clay events in February is preparation for the DC tie, to knock the rust off of not having played clay. This start in Santiago will help toward that end.

    And, if he is going to win a clay event, I'd much rather that it be Acapulco than Santiago. He may as well save his energy for that.

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  73. Cmmon chris, thats not a positive side, wer not gna keep being happy for no injuries, losing in a 2nd round of a 250 is very ugly. failing to convert 3 consecutive break points is even uglier.

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  74. That sums it up, Noubar. Unbelievable.

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  75. Well I am surprised with this loss. So much for being able to watch David over the weekend.

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  76. i dont understand why nalbandian continues to show up at these events, when he seems to not care that much.

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  77. How much he "cared" is pretty much impossible to say, following his matches on the scoreboard.

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  78. "This draw should be one big 5-match cupcake." That may be your most notable comment, Chris. Well, my friend, there are no cupcakes in tennis just as there is no crying in baseball. We're all human, aren't we?

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  79. A very ugly loss, and in the end he was up with 5:5 40:0 on Zeballos serve, but lost all the rest games on his serve. And Zeballos even didn't made any ace at 0:40. The most important part comes always in the end. And from tomorrow will be the live stream which we don't need this week any more.... a very unlucky week for Nalby fans.

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  80. All we can do now is start looking towards Acapulco...

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  81. Actually, Buenos Aires, Adrian.

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  82. The first things I'm reading now in the press are that Zeballos played really well and managed to "exploit the fact that Nalbandian was tired".

    I won't have time for a post until tomorrow night but by then it should be easier to find out what happened there.

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  83. "Tired" and/or "physically not at his best". Tomorrow, I'll try to find out more.

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  84. I've read a couple more articles and apparently, Zeballos played really well.

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  85. John, I used the word "should". I did not say "will be", and after "should" I also said "if he is anywhere near his best". There was nothin incorrect about that.

    And to Noubar. He played two clay events last season and left each with an injury. Not getting hurt in Santiago I consider a success.

    I would much rather that he shows up fresh and ready for Monte Carlo, Rome, and Madrid and then Roland Garros. That's where the points and respect are.

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  86. that was the early stage of his comeback season, and both happened after an extremely long matches , vs traver and vs youzney, everybody was expecting that, but now its been a year, y would he get injured after a 1 hour 20 min play.Its very less likely to get muscle strains from a non competitive match like this

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  87. Come on. He should have won this tournament if he wants to get back to the top 10. I dont think so he has a chance against ferrer or wawrinka in buenos aires and in Acapulco.

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  88. Actually, Chris, I thought "this draw should be one big 5-match cupcake" was a very colorful comment, one I tended to agree with. You laid it out there, it just didn't happen. I picked Wawrinka to upset Federer at the Aussie after his trouncing of Roddick. Don't think I'd ever do that again. Win some, lose some.

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  89. I don't understand David any more. Why should he be tired or physically not in good form??? Give me a reason please if there is any. It goes slowly on my nerves hearing the words tired and physical every time.

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  90. Ashot, as I have said in the context of a rather contentious recent conversation, Nalbandian has always been known for subpar fitness. As long as I've been following him, I remember him complaining of "fatigue". That's just who he is.

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  91. Noubar, I don't see why the potential for a clay injury isn't there still. Nalbandian still talks about remaining "fit and healthy" with respect to his hip injury, and clay is the surface where some sort of problem is most likely to occur.

    To Anonymous, I think you're completely overreacting. We're talking about the Movistar Open. Even if he had won the title, it's a measly 250 points. Once you're in the top 20, that kind of point total doesn't help you too much in advancing up the rankings. Nalbandian is no longer ranked 117. If he wants to get into the top 10, he needs bigger chunks of points, and the Movistar Open isn't going to help him get there.

    In case you forgot, there are 5 MS Events in the next 4 months, including Indian Wells and Miami in March/April. Where would you rather Nalbandian do well - there or at Santiago? We know that, given his fitness, rampaging through the Golden Swing would probably leave him "tired" as usual for the far more important and far more lucrative events on the North American hardcourts.

    And it is simply ridiculous to say that Nalbandian won't be able to beat Wawrinka or Ferrer on clay. He most certainly can.

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  92. to chris I totally agree with you!I have overreacted a little bit!those tournaments and the davis cup are much more important for him.But he needs to raise his level for sure!a battle of davids would be so interesting in buenos aires!Ferrer was never beaten by david on clay!ferrer leads 4-0 on clay

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  93. I just accidentally saw Belucci and Fognini playing while switching my TV channels, turned out Aljazeera is broadcasting Santiago starting from the QFs, that hurts, knowing that i wont c david

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  94. Yes, broadcasting for Santiago starts today. Fognini had a 4-0 lead on Bellucci in the 3rd set, then Bellucci fought back to 4-4 and they eventually played a third set tie-break. Then Fognini won the 3rd set tie-break 7-0, lol.

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