Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Boodles Day 1 - David beats Viktor Troicki
(photo by Istabraq)
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...
There'll be free streams from Boodles on LiveScoreHunter and Fromsport (see sidebar).
Posted by Julia at 5:38 AM