Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Boodles Day 1 - David beats Viktor Troicki


(photo by Istabraq)

UpdateII
It took a bit of work but after a rather patchy start (and losing the first set), David managed to clean up his game and turn the match around, eventually winning 3-6, 7-6(3), 10-4.
I'm not going to pretend that I know who he will play his next match against but as David won't be playing tomorrow, it looks like it's going to be on Thursday.

The match is available for download via David on Screen.


Apart from that, Istabraq was at Boodles today. And look who she happened to run into...


You can find more of her photos on the Photo Page.


And here's a first look at David, getting ready for his match. - Or at least the Boodles Twitter says it's David (next to him Javier).

So it's the first day of this year's Boodles Challenge - the tenth anniversary edition. And of course, this anniversary cannot possibly take place without David, "firmly regarded as a favourite of the event" and record holder in terms of appearances.

The last time David played this event, back in 2008, he first beat Robby Ginepri and then lost to Ernests Gulbis. Today, unless the schedule changes again, and there's always a chance for that to happen at Boodles, he'll play his first match of this year's edition against Viktor Troicki (third match of the day, not before 5pm GMT).
David has a 3-1 match record against Troicki (currently #12) and they've met on grass before, at the Queen's Club 2008. Back then, David won in straights.

A word about the format - there are no normal third sets at Boodles. If a match goes the distance, a champions tiebreak (10 points needed to win; the same as in doubles) will decide the outcome.

And a word about streams...

Update
There'll be free streams from Boodles on LiveScoreHunter and Fromsport (see sidebar).


(10sballs.com)

44 comments:

  1. There is also a stream on Livescorehunter.

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  2. Right now, they're just linking directly to Bet365 (and another betting site called Unibet).
    But it looks like they'll have their own, free stream up later. And then I'll link it.

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  3. yesss David scheduled to play on 4:30pm GMT on Livescorehunter, i think free links will appear few minutes before the start of the match :)

    Julia, I hope you don't mind we'll all nest here to comment David's match lol :)

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  4. They should appear once play gets underway, yeah.

    And that's one of the things VD is there for, commenting on his matches. :)

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  5. Troicki & David now warming up :) streams available on Livescorehunter :)

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  6. Interesting how little spectators there are. Where does this tournament get it's income.

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  7. It's not a tennis tournament, it's a social event with a bit of tennis.

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  8. Yeah. Just wondering how they afford to give players any prize money.

    Don't like Troicki's tactic to serve volley, he has terrible hands, and David can't build up any rhythm.

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  9. The social event part is what's expensive. But players mainly go there to get a match or two on grass.

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  10. Anyway, David looking not exactly impressive on serve...

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  11. cant watch. live scores link?

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  12. There's livescores on the Bet365 page.

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  13. good nalbandian won, he improved as the match went on.

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  14. vamos David , he won 3-6,7-6,10-4.

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  15. David definitely improved his game from the middle of 2nd set.

    The super tiebreak was pretty quick, David won it 10-4.

    Great return, especially when we know Troicki is has a good serve.

    Amazing passing shots, reminiscing of good ol' days.

    Really happy I could watch David play AND win :)

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  16. Sh#t, I hardly watched after the 2nd set because I thought and wondered why are they showing the tiebreak of 2nd set again. I thought my stream had problems and I refreshed the stream again, but it was the same tiebreak. Then after 6:3 I knew that it isn't a review of the tiebreak in 2nd set but a new one, lol. Unfortunately I hardly watched that long tiebreak and it was also similar to the first tiebreak in begin when David made 3:2, then 6:3 and so, haha

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  17. Good fight. He did really well to get back into the match after the first set really didn't look all that promising. But when started to complain about line calls, it was clear he was taking it seriously. lol

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  18. lol Ashot. I actually thought they were highlighting the tiebreak of 2nd set until I heard the "super tiebreak" word, i realized the match would end very soon after that haha.

    So, David is in semifinal? we'll see him again (when?). Such a good week so far for us :)

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  19. I only saw part of the second set and the final set tiebreak. A mixed performance from David, but he got the win, and Troicki's no pushover.

    I was looking for Istabraq in the (very sparse) crowd without success. I'm glad the weather held out today. It looks like a fun day out, and it was funny to see David playing without his head band. I can see me looking into going to Boodles next year!

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  20. I saw her in the stands during the warm-up, taking photos. :)

    And yeah, it was a mixed bag, this match. Some great shots and return winners, some poor serving and many errors... But he improved as the match went on and got there in the end. And I liked that, that he didn't just go away. :)

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  21. What a lovely day. I am so lucky! :)
    And David won! :)

    It was a nice friendly match between him and Troicki too. I didn't take notes for a report because it was streamed, I just enjoyed watching (and taking photos, of course). Did you see all those breaks of serve in the second set?!!

    Photos are on their way. I hope they've come out all right - I'm just about to find out.

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  22. I see the order of play is unchanged on the Boodles site. Some of you were talking about Troicki playing Delpo tomorrow as well as playing David today and maybe that changing...

    Just a little snippet - while Troicki was practising, his coach was talking to him about it, and saying it would be better to have a "fitness" day tomorrow and a "tennis" day on Thursday. Actually, the coach never seemed to stop talking at all, and Troicki only seemed to be half listening - lol!

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  23. And the OOP for tomorrow has changed... New version:

    Simon vs Delpo
    Ferrer vs Verdasco
    Dolgopolov vs Troicki

    - So he'll get to play, it seems but not Delpo and not the first match. And where does Dolgo come from, all of a sudden... lol

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  24. Didn't Dolgopolov play already this week in a tournament? Is is allowed to participate both in an ATP tournament and exho in the same week?

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  25. Usually not but apparently it's possible to get an extra permit.

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  26. yes an exhibition has no points and anyone can host one.

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  27. "A player may only enter and compete in one Grand Slam, ATP World Tour, ATP Challenger Tour, or Futures tournament or special event [=exho] during that tournament week. Once a player enters and is accepted into the main draw (...) he is committed to that tournament for the week, unless released by the Executive Vice President - Rules & Competition or supervisor."

    Apparently, Dolgo was "released".

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  28. Ok thanks for the information

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  29. Thanks again Julia, I missed your last post about the rules

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  30. The ATP rulebook is my friend after I had to find out all that stuff about protected ranking etc for VD. ;)

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  31. Yeah I remember :)

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  32. 4 breaks in a row in 2nd and almost the 5th in a row could follow when David used the one breakchance at 30:40. The second set reminded me to the second set from the match against Djokovic last year, lol. I began to watch the match at 2:5 in first set. Sometimes I thought David is playing horrible but he made sometimes suddenly great returns, but so many unforced errors.
    It was new for me to see David without head band but because of not so good quality of stream I we couldn't see much, lol.

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  33. I was also surprised by the lack of the headband,I think he got a little haircut,another thing I noticed which I really liked was that the ball boys didnt have the players towels with them so there were no 1 minute gaps between points,I must also say that Davids looking slim these days.If David can avoid Verdasco I think he can take home the Boodles crown.

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  34. Davids the 28 seed.

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  35. thank you Julia for the match available for download :)

    awwww Istabraq very nice pics and it's great David will play tomorrow so you can watch him again!

    i really enjoyed the mini-interview right after the match, David seemed to be relaxed yet competitive.

    Being seeded 28th, he should've been ranked higher normally but...regarding the Wimbledon ranking system based on past results on grass...

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  36. Amazing pictures, enjoyed viewing each one of them, keep it up istabraq, looking forward to tomorrow.

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  37. Too bad about the seeding,I think he would have been 24 if it was any other GS,which would mean avoiding top 8 seeds until the 4th round.Hopefully he ends up in Ferrers or Soderlings section since their the weakest links in the top 8 imo,if he doesnt draw Hewitt or some other dark horse in the 1 round I think David can make the 3rd round.

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  38. Just a quickie to say how much I enjoyed viewing Istabraq's photos! I'm so glad you managed to get David to pose for you :-)

    Looking forward to seeing more, weather permitting of course.

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  39. Glad you liked the photos, folks. :)

    Tomorrow's order of play is out but provisional. David is down to play Gasquet, 3rd match. Today they abandoned play after the 2nd match as it was drizzling on and off most of the afternoon. Tomorrow's weather forecast is worse, so unless that's all wrong (hope so!) I don't like David's chances of getting on court tomorrow.

    As the weather wasn't nice today, the players weren't out and about all afternoon like yesterday. I did see David briefly when I first arrived, he was doing some stretches on the practice court, but that was it, he went in after that.

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  40. Nalbandian to play Gasquet in the 2nd match instead of 3rd. Better chances now

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  41. Where did you find that Noubar?,Im looking at the official Boodles site and they havent posted anything yet.

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  42. I just found it,so the winner of David-Gasquet plays winner of Del Potro-Ferrer for the title?

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  43. Not only is it better that David plays second not third, the weather forecast for tomorrow is now looking much drier. :)

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  44. good to know istabraq

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