Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Queen's Club R2 - David vs Ilija Bozoljac


(Getty Images, montage VD)

Update II
It took hours of waiting until the match could finally begin - and then it was over after merely 72 minutes. As that was all it took David to defeat Ilija Bozoljac 6-4, 6-4.
In the third round tomorrow, he will now meet seventh seed Fernando Verdasco. David has faced him twice before (once on grass at Wimbledon) - and has so far never managed to beat the Spaniard.

Note: No agency photos from the match, so far. Sorry.

More soon...



Update
5.40pm local - David's match is underway now - at last...

4.40pm local - The rain has stopped again and it looks like play will resume shortly.
4pm local - After exactly one point (for David) - the rain is back and play is suspended.
3.53pm local - David's match has been moved to Court 2 and is about to begin.
3.33 pm local - Though not on the scoreboard until now, play has resumed on Court 1 in the meantime (early on in the second set now).
2.22pm local - The rain has stopped now. Play should continue at around 3pm.
1.45pm local - It will take longer than expected until David's match can begin, as play at the Queen's Club is currently suspended, due to rain (at 6-6, first set in the first match on Court 1).

First Illya, now Ilija... 25-year-old Ilija Bozoljac from Serbia is currently ranked #200 (his highest ranking was #101, in 2007) and he mostly plays Challenger events - on fast surfaces. Other players may spend the season, travelling from one clay-court Challenger to the next but not Bozoljac. He prefers to play on hardcourt and indoors, and his taste for fast surfaces already says something about his game, about his strengths - most of all his serve, combined with an attacking game that's also well-suited for playing on grass.

Occasionally, Bozoljac also tries to qualify for ATP-level events and he managed to make his way through qualies at the Queen's Club. Which means that this is going to be already the fifth match he plays at this tournament. And even though it's only his second match at ATP-level this year (and his 27th, overall), chances are that Bozoljac will be more of a test for David. Because he's used to the conditions, because of his game and his strong serve and because David probably has very little idea who he is and how he plays.

Finally, and as something like a postscript for yesterday, Danny Miche interviewed David after the doubles. The interview is available in audio only. Here's a very brief summary:
David is feeling very good, no problems or pains. Coming back on grass means playing on a surface he's not really used to but he's content with his match against Marchenko though there's still room for improvement. But that's only logical after another long absence, also from playing on grass (David had to calculate first how many years have exactly passed since his last match on grass). About the Davis Cup, it's good news for everybody that Delpo will play but although the two talk about "little things" whenever they happen to meet, they haven't really sat down and talked to each other yet. It's something they will do, if they get the chance. David also revealed that playing doubles was a spontaneous idea and all about getting some more match practice, and that it was Andy Roddick, who asked him in the locker room to play doubles with him.

97 comments:

  1. I'll keep an eye on the weather situation, I can watch what's happening (or rather, if anything is happening) on the Eurosport Player. Skies not looking too bad now, hopefully just a brief shower...

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  2. ... Or maybe not. Covers are on, umbrellas are out, and only few people left in the stands now.
    This might take a while.

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  3. oh okay, i thought my scoreboard got frozen...

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  4. lol Mira.
    Julia they tweeted that "players just been called back to court and play about to resume" hope thats true

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  5. This is what CC looks like right now...

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  6. i was just gna say. he tweeted again that covers are on and play temporarily suspended. thank God its the 2nd match, probably 40 min more for tipsy match. so most likely he plays today

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  7. Latest message from the organisers: no play before 3pm local.

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  8. serious rain delay, fortunately David plays the 2nd match, i don't worry even if the rain lasts hours and hours lol :)

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  9. which means 30 more min or so. ya Mira, he get to play even if it rains 4 straight hours lol

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  10. The rain has stopped now, crowd is returning to the stands. It always takes a moment though until the courts are ready again.
    Hope the weather holds now...

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  11. thanks Julia. so instead of sleeping am gna watch some tv show episode. Hope Tipsy gets his act together.i really dont want to watch 2 episodes. the show is not that good lol

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  12. I think its good for David that it rained.Those bullets coming of the Bozoljac serve are going to be a little slower than they would be on a very hot and dry day.

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  13. yup, Wet days make life harder for big servers. But in any ways hope David shows the Serb how tennis should be played today.

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  14. Blue skies and sunshine now at the Queen's Club. Play about to resume :)

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  15. Okay, there are some clouds - but white ones. lol
    But it's very windy today and David won't like that.

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  16. hehe, ya i have my live stream on, and i can see the white skies ur talking abt behind the commentators

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  17. I think they havent started yet on the other courts,only center.

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  18. okay thank you guys :)
    i really don't want to open my stream and watch Cilic.
    scoreboard opened though lol.

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  19. i think its raining again. and i dont get why tipsarevic didnt play when matches were resumed

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  20. Cilic and Clement are playing. In the sunshine. I mean, it always takes longer for play to resume on the outside courts but this is starting to get a bit silly now...

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  21. It already been 30 minutes haha,I have no idea why are they waiting son long.

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  22. very silly. is it possible they dont have covers in the other courts ?

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  23. It was just a scoreboard mishap. They've already played 3 games in the second set... lol

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  24. i didnt see that coming lol

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  25. Hahaha,wow but I checked about 5 different sites and none of them had the Tipsarevic Russell match.Cmon Tipsy,finish of Russell fast!

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  26. is there a stream for court 1?

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  27. Just got back on and see Cilic is done. Damn, I've got a really good feed and David is going to play on Court 1. Ho hum. Great photos, Istabraq. You contract good people, Julia.

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  28. damn that sucks, didnt they have one last year?

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  29. No, it's always just been CC.

    John, I'm fortunate enough to have great readers here on VD. :)

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  30. nalbandian is on the scoreboard??

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  31. Court change. Trying get all matches over with after the rain delay.

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  32. lucky ground ticket holders :)

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  33. Uh oh! The sky looks dark in the Murray match.

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  34. its raining again just now

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  35. In the meantime, here's a little clip of David, training under the watchful eye of his brother Javier.

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  36. The cover on center court is being taken off as I write,it shouldnt be long

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  37. Covers are coming off on CC.

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  38. Murray has started,what about David,still nothing on livescores...

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  39. Yeah. What's going on? Murray's playing. Tipsy and David are suspended by rain. Must be weird weather patterns in London.

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  40. Maybe another scoreboard mishap...

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  41. Or scoreboard glitch again :/ really weird.

    David training, i could watch him all day lol. Nice clip

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  42. tipsarevic scores out of coma now :P

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  43. Tipsy started,only David no.

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  44. Whats going on haha,still no sign of David

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  45. am starting to lose my patience

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  46. Maybe they put him back on 1 and hes waiting for Tipsy?

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  47. They started now. Don't know why it took so much time...

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  48. lol Noubar.

    now back to the scoreboard ^^

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  49. damn it, got broken so early

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  50. Hmm,not good,Bozoljac has a huge serve,the first set is running away from David.

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  51. cmmon break back plsss

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  52. 3 db from Bozoljac is this last game,the wind must be affecting both players serve since they both have high ball tosses.

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  53. I meant Df*,double faults,nice hold for 3-3

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  54. nice comeback, but i wished david broke at 5-3 to serve first in the second

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  55. Nice set of tennis,hope it stays routine.

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  56. one set away from Centre Court. Vamos David!

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  57. mira , i was gna say the exact same thing. things look promising

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  58. david should start taking advebtage of his 15-30 leads on bozoljac serve. it could prove costly

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  59. Lets serve it out

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  60. ow Yes. 6-4 6-4. Thank You David !!

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  61. Great win for David.

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  62. Yay David! Wonderful and tomorrow finally a stream please :-)

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  63. but. how are we so sure they play on CC tomorrow?

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  64. Wonder Boy did it again. Bring on Fernando. From watching the scoreboard, I'd have to say David played better than yesterday. They best put the boys on Centre Court tomorrow.

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  65. he reassures us with a nice win on his 1st test this week :)

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  66. For me, Noubar, I wanted only to express my wish and hope :-)

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  67. he beat verdasco in boodles, it was grass lol.
    Verdasco is not having a good season. lets hope david revenges for last year's US Open.

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  68. Nope, Verdasco beat him at Boodles, as well (final 2007). ;)

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  69. seriously ?? i remember a video on youtube where david is getting interviewed for win, and verdasco packing. seriously where was that. or was i drunk ? lol

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  70. I don't know - were you? lol
    I think the video you mean is from David's victory over Kiefer that year. ;)

    Anyway, I had a glass of Pimms last night - and I'm going to have another one tonight, to celebrate. :)

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  71. cheers julia, but am going for Hieniken loll

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  72. Cheers!
    I love Pimms. :) Heineken not so much (I prefer German beer :P)
    Though that will have to wait until later.

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  73. hahaha, my mom drinks pimms sometimes, and she puts some stuff in it as well, maybe fruits lol.
    am gna have a taste next time, and give u my feedback :)

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  74. hmmm cheers! :p

    now waiting for the OOP. Centre court, centre court, centre court. *fingers crossed*

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  75. I'm sure David will win tomorrow! Verdasco has been playing very poor lately

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  76. according to my calculations, they will put him on CC.
    mainly because they put him on C1 C2 in his previous matches.tsonga vs liodra is very less likely to be on CC, belluci - cilic as well.am guessing Nadal, Murray roddick on center for sure. now they pick nalbandian or J ward ?! we get to find out shortly.

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  77. Ward is from great britain He will play on CC for sure!

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  78. Noooo again court 1: http://www.lta.org.uk/3G/Tournaments/AEGONChampionships/Draws/2011/Order-of-play-Thursday.pdf

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  79. Thanks, Mina. - Oh, and first match... But good in case it rains again.

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  80. That is true with rain!
    So David has to win that we have him on CC next round :-).

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  81. my calculations were right abt simon and tsonga, but my wish didnt come true.Ward on CC

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  82. a big thanks to Julia for letting Istabraq know about the court change, allowing she and I to see David's match today! I had to go 3 games into the second set to catch my train home to Glasgow, and as I've only got my phone I'll leave it to Istabraq to report back. Can't believe he's not on Centre tomorrow :-(

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  83. I'm glad you got to see the match! You two brought David luck. :)

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  84. Not on Centre AGAIN? Unbelievable. :(

    Tomorrow is my last day at Queen's, but again I have a Centre Court ticket so I won't be able to report on this one. I did want to see him play Verdasco too.

    I can't believe the rest of you haven't had a chance to watch a single one of his matches in three rounds!

    He needs to win this one now (for the VamosDaviders' sake), but that will be tough.

    Photos are on their way - I just got home and need to eat first. :)

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  85. disappointed. Again. David is overlooked like Mr. Nobody :(
    Damn, he plays Verdasco and both of them are not even "rewarded" of Centre Court (yeah, CC has become a "reward", sort of).

    :(

    and too bad for Istabraq who is at Queen's BUT won't be able to watch David play :(

    He really has to beat Verdasco.

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  86. Ok,if he beats Verdasco we can be 100% sure him and Roddick will be on center court haha.I think the chances are 60-40 for Verdasco,for some reason David cant figure out his game.I think he might be one of the only top 20 hes never beaten and played with more than 2 times.

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  87. I'm a bit worried that David will decide not to play Queen's next year because they haven't treated hm that well.

    Next year?! What am I talking about? We have no idea what dramas we can expect from him before then.

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  88. Great.. Again no centre court. Why oh why do I have exams this week? Otherwise I would have flew over there and stream the match myself With a delay of course of a day :)

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