Saturday, June 18, 2011

Boodles Final - David loses to David Ferrer



Update
David won his first two matches in the champions tiebreak but he didn't get lucky the third time around. After two sets and two rain delays, in the end it was the other David (Ferrer), who prevailed 7-5, 4-6, 10-6.

So again no Boodles 'title' for David but a nice week spent at Stoke Park, training and preparing for Wimbledon. And although he already set a record with his eighth appearance this year, I guess it's safe to say that if he's fit, there's going to be another record, next year.

But for now, it's goodbye Boodles.
And on to Wimbledon.

The match is now available for download via David on Screen.
Edit: And now also the trophy presentation (thanks, Andvari).
(No photos from Istabraq this time.)


Today, on the last days of this year's anniversary edition of the Boodles Challenge, almost all of the players have already moved on (or moved back) to London to prepare and focus on Wimbledon. Only two are still left and they will play today's final match: David and David Ferrer.

The two Davids have practiced together at Stoke Park this week and they know each other well. On court, they've faced each other already twelve times, including at Masters events, Slams and in Davis Cup. And at the start of this season, they met in the final at Auckland. Back then, Ferrer won in straights and he also holds the upper hand in terms of the match record (7-5).

But what the "two Davids" have never done before is playing a match on grass. And as far as I know they've also never played an exhibition match before.
In the past, they had many tough battles (on court as well as on the Playstation). Today, it's going to be a different scenario, a new and very different version of the "Battle of the Davids". But one that both Davids are surely going to enjoy.


(photos by Istabraq; from the match against Gasquet)

65 comments:

  1. The trophy has to be given to "our" David :)
    Good match coming up, I hope there won't be too much rain delay, should it happen...

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  2. No streams have started,is it possible its raining or something?

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  3. No, sun is shining now. :)
    They're just coming on court now. Streams may start a bit late.

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  4. Streams are available now but really bad :(

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  5. Yeah,very bad quality,its hard to see the ball.Nice to see David having some fun with the linesman haha.

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  6. I haven't seen good streams for Boodles this week, now it's too sunny and you hardly can see the ball, but the best today is I think on LSH the stream which is very below because it's not so hell.

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  7. Horrible service game.

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  8. play delayed - rain :\

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  9. At least its Ferer serving after the delay is finished

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  10. Well, that's great. I've been out and only just started watching the match. And now the rain has started.

    David was lucky before - he was one of the few players whose matches didn't get affected by the rain this week.

    What is the score please, and how is David playing? Did I see Ferru has won a set already?

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  11. And by the way, it's Ferru's fault. On the days I was there, it rained every time he played a match. ;)

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  12. Ferru won the first set 7-5. David is up 1-0 in the second, Ferru serving, 40-30.

    And David is playing, um, less than well. Or has, in the later stages of the first set.

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  13. David began good and was leading 4:1 and then did lots of UEs. And the first break he gifted to Ferrer after 40:15.

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  14. 1st set to ferru 7-5, after nalby leading 4-1.
    2nd set, nalby won opening game , ferru serving at 40-30

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  15. Looks like it was only a brief shower, though.

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  16. I think play should resume soon,it probably wasnt even raining that hard.

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  17. This is good tho,that it rained,makes a nice simulation for Wimbledon :).

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  18. Yeah, the forecast for the first days of Wimbledon is horrible...

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  19. Tuesday is now looking a bit better, but Monday is awful. I have a bad feeling there won't be any play at all that day. And I'm going to be queuing both days, from about 5:30am. :-(

    If play was washed out on Monday, do you know if they would still play the matches from David's half on Tuesday, or push everything back a day? I'm thinking the Centre Court matches will go ahead no problem with the roof, so Rafa will still get to open play on Monday.

    If David doesn't get to play until Wednesday I'll be cross, as I can't go that day. The idea of going the first two days was so we could choose to watch any of the first round matches on the outside courts

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  20. Looks like we may have another super tiebreaker. Just started watching. Definitely good practice. I sure wouldn't mind playing a few sets on the courts at Boodles.

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  21. Haha,just before the championship tiebreak.Just got to love the English weather.

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  22. am glad play is suspended, nalby plays well after the pauses lol

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  23. ya nalbandian will probably go to wimbledon having played the most matches on grass. 7 matches now including the doubles lol

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  24. Good thing he got that set won before the rain.But stupid rain, when there's so little of the match left to go.

    Looks pretty heavy this time too.

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  25. covers on the court, this delay might last longer :(
    lol Noubar, yeah David is fresher after a rain pause! Plays better too!
    He's won 2 super tiebreak this week, experience counts lol

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  26. I live about 20 miles from Stoke Park, and the rain is heavy here too. But at least this sort of rain often clears away completely afterwards.

    We don't want them to ahve to wait too long to play those last few points.

    Agreed, David has been great in the tie-breaks so far this week. :)

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  27. This is actually perfect for Wimbledon,well be happy that this happened if lets say David is just about to play a tiebreak at Wimbledon and all of a sudden it rains.At least he gets the experience of the situation.

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  28. Exactly.
    Also, rain delays allow him to rest. So physically speaking, it's quite good for him. As long as he keeps being focused when back on court.

    Oh Istabraq, you can feel The Boodles vibes then :D

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  29. true Adrian, he must get into situations like, serving for staying, break and get broken and keep going, tiebreaks and stuff. thats what called match practice, he can simply play 2 hours practice a day, but this is what counts

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  30. Looks like the rain has stopped.

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  31. No, there's some sunshine now but the covers are still on.

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  32. Covers about to come off. Play scheduled to resume at 5.35pm local

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  33. I've lost the Fromsport link now... I couldn't get it on the other links.

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  34. I tried Bet365 first as that's my preferred site for streams, but I couldnt see the match listed at all. I'll have another look.

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  35. Oh, it's okay, the picture's back. :)

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  36. You can see how windy it is there.

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  37. Ferrer is tanking this tiebreak and Nalbandian still can't win it.

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  38. I think they both want to get it over with.

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  39. Ya,both players didnt want to win it.The rain really killed the competition.

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  40. They keep on asking him the same old question...Well,David,this is your 8 time here,what brings you back....

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  41. Too bad David lost the super tiebreak, he should've won it...
    I like his speech, relaxed and seemed to be happy he could play 3 matches on grass this week.

    Also, such a warming smile, awwww David :)))

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  42. And what the...! is all this singing stuff?

    I'm kind of glad I went the days I did, not today. Even David's singing isn't this excruciating. ;)

    I think he and Ferru would rather go and get dry.

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  43. Crazy party at Boodles

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  44. Okay, he's really getting into it now. Maybe it's no worse than some of the other singing and dancing he's done. :0

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  45. David, you old flirt... ;)
    But what has poor Puccini done to deserve this?

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  46. and now the Happy Birthday song for The Boodles lol

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  47. David don't even care about the winner's trophy, he's flirting with the announcing lady lol :)

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  48. Well, that was seriously weird.

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  49. All we need now is for him,Ferer and the singers to get drunk before Wimbledon.

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  50. Doh, I totally forgot about David's match today! I don't expect to see his first Wimbledon match either as doubtless they'll put him on some outside court, plus I have some job interviews to go to on Tuesday and Wednesday, seriously disrupting my chances of watching the tennis, how rude lol.

    Istabraq, I hope the rain stays away and you get to see David, as it's great to see your photos and hear all about his matches.

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  51. Tsk, job interviews getting in the way of tennis. Good luck with them, joyce63. I will keep you posted. :)

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  52. What we saw this week from David was different, ether he was serving and playing great or he was serving very bad - sometimes 2 double faults in a row - and playing very bad with lots of unforced errors. But today the rain delays maybe showed us that David is getting tired after 5(!) games, lol.

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  53. Haha, what did David do in the presentation? Should I download the whole match to have a look?

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  54. Sorry but the presentation is not on the recording.

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  55. that was the most funniest presentation ever, the davids were dancing

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  56. dancing? was it after the match?

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  57. ya Ashot, after both players spoke. a singer came in and got the crowd involved in singing which was fun, then the davids, the trophy presenter, tournament director all started moving left n right waving with thier hands, was rly cool.
    I wished istabraq were there yesterday.

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  58. Andvari has uploaded the trophy presentation. I've added the link on David on Screen.

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  59. wow 291 mb for a trophy presentation. thats too much

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  60. I don't know why the file is so large. You'll have to ask him.

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  61. It's because it has the rain delay in it too.

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  62. reister is really out of form atm, he is a good player but david should win comfortably

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  63. I've seen some footage of Reister against Huta Galung from this week's tournament in 's-Hertogenbosch, Reister didn't relly impress me that much too.

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