Thursday, June 9, 2011

Queen's Club R3 - David vs Fernando Verdasco


(EFE)

UpdateII

David's week at the Queen's Club has ended with a defeat at the hands of Fernando Verdasco, who prevailed 7-5, 6-1 and keeps his perfect record against David. After wasting several chances to break in the opening set, David apparently, as well as completely, lost the plot in the second set and barely managed to avoid getting bagelled.

David has a few days off now before playing The Boodles Challenge (an exhibition event) next week.

More soon...



(Istabraq/Getty Images; montage by VD)

Update
12.54pm local - After a bit of a delay, David's match is underway now.

In the third round at the Queen's Club today, David may still not get to play on Centre Court - but he gets to play his first match against a seeded opponent, seventh seed Fernando Verdasco. At #23, Verdasco is currently ranked only one position above David, after having dropped out of the Top 10 in April. When it comes to the match record, however, the advantage Verdasco holds is a much clearer one. They've met twice before and on both occasions the Spaniard prevailed.

At the US Open last year, David, physically as well as mentally exhausted, proved unable to keep up with Verdasco and the speed of his game. Whereas their first encounter, at Wimbledon back in 2006, which David lost in straights, became known as the match David allegedly tanked so he could watch football. In short, David has had his problems with Fernando Verdasco in the past (he also lost their only exhibition match, at Boodles 2007; by the way, Verdasco has joined this year's field).

While David has had two straightforward wins so far, Verdasco only had to play in the second round (first-round bye), where an injury his opponent Nicolas Mahut suffered early on in the match helped him secure an easy victory. Which makes it difficult to say what kind of form he's in at the moment - though with Verdasco, basically anything is possible, on any given day. In the past, David has struggled with Verdasco's game, with breaking his (leftie) serve, with his sudden changes of speed and with Verdasco's best shot, his forehand. Whether David will find a better way of dealing with these things today remains to be seen - only that we won't get to see it.
Once more, there will be no stream and this time, Istabraq also won't be courtside to tell us more about the match (or to take photos). So there's only the scoreboard and hoping that this time, it'll be David, who will prevail.

74 comments:

  1. The rain stopped just in the time for the matches - let's hope the weather holds now.

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  2. I agree with Adrian, players with weak backhands are the one afraid from lefties. i'll answer your question. Simply because 1st time in Wimbly he wanted to watch Argentina in the world cup, in the US Open, he suffered an ankle problem that limited his movements. He never played Verdasco when he was at his best, or even near his best. Julia is it true its raining ?

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  3. The rain just stopped, play is about to start. David's match is on the scoreboard.
    And nope, he didn't tank at Wimbledon, he was injured. ;)

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  4. i didnt even know that

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  5. The stomach muscle strain that forced him to retire at the RG SF, I think it played a role in that match (as I wrote in the post).
    Anyway, Verdasco can also defend well, let's not forget that. So it's not as easy for David to implement his game.

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  6. Apparently this is taking a moment because David arrived on court a bit late... lol

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  7. ya but the scorebord showed Verdasco to serve 1st like 10 min ago

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  8. Roddick/Anderson are now playing but no David/Verdasco on the scoreboard.

    too bad we can't watch his 3rd round to really evaluate how David handles the match...

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  9. haha just when i post, here they are, back on the scoreboard lol.

    Vamos David!

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  10. 3 bps, cmmon man, not this again

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  11. Already missing 3 break points,the worst thing about the scoreboard is a cant know did David waste his chances or did Verdasco really play a good game,pretty frustrating.

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  12. what a response, usually david gets broken after failing to convert. I hope verdasco to serve bad the entire match, cmmon el rey

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  13. exactly Adrian. So frustrating, match ticker only is really not enough :(

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  14. I just heard from Istabraq that she bought an extra ticket for Court 1 to see David - so there will be photos and a report, after all. :)

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  15. lets all cross fingers, david break now

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  16. When I see the scoreboard I must say David should always serve in this match like a 2nd serve so he can win more points, lol.

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  17. deuce cmmon david plsssssssss

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  18. after 15:40 40:40 on Verdascos serve, let's see... and now breakpoints, come on...

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  19. nooo, it was a chance to break on 2nd serve, oh noo, now AD Verdasco.

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  20. we all know its timeeeeeeee. MUST BREAK

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  21. deuce again and then 2 aces in a row from Verdasco

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  22. Hes missing his chances.

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  23. now I it will be dangerous

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  24. I know David will win this match!! The atp world tour site has the scoreboard on with the fastest refresh btw :)

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  25. i know david is a fan of breaking at 4-4, but its not the time, he is missing his chances.

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  26. WOW. noe do it, he was 40-15 down on last verdascos serve and took it to BP, now strike earlier

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  27. n0 converted break points from 4 ... wow 40:0

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  28. this was the best response from David

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  29. Ace on second serve haha,we dont see that very often from David.

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  30. BP conversion 0/4 you got to be kidding me man. no the situation dave loves, servin for staying.

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  31. Perfect response. even my little sister knows david deserves the 1st set.

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  32. Since Im watching Eurosport 1,Roddick and Anderson I can hear the crowd from court 1 and just heard game Nalbandian haha.

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  33. pls take this to a TB, HOLD

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  34. Brilliant! He just saved 2 set points..

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  35. UGLY NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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  36. omg verdasco is so lucky

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  37. And there goes the first set,I hope he can bounce back but I guess Verdasco just has something in his game that bothers David,6 of 7 sets now for Verdasco.

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  38. tweeted by Newballsplease

    "After a brilliant first set Verdasco punishes Nalbandian for an overly casual serve and volley. Great stuff, most entertaining."

    :(

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  39. and Nalbandian choked again. didnt face bp entire set . he had to do this. not even a tb. now verdasco all fresh, nalbandian probably thinking how he lost that bloody set

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  40. I think David has mentally checked out of this match.

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  41. I think this is the kind of situation it's difficult to deal with if you don't really have any match practice.

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  42. Lost scoreboard at 4-4. Switched to ATP thank goodness. This isn't progressing well.

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  43. only hope is to rely on verdasco choke abilities, but i doubt it happens here.

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  44. am sensing a comeback lol

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  45. Hes probably gonna lose this set 6-0

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  46. OR he does the best comeback of all time loll

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  47. Poor David, probably not enough matches played to get himself out of a situation like that, after loosing a set he had chances to get.

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  48. oh nooooo please, not a bagel. Come on David.

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  49. lol verdasco winning 80% of the points this set.

    nalbandian what a let down losing like this.

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  50. so easy!what happened?the same as it happened against Baghdatis in wimbledon a few years ago. totally collapsed mentaly!

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  51. he is not able to beat this verdasco

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  52. A pretty pathetic tank by Nalby in the 2nd set,but whatever,he has Boodles to get a few practice matches under his belt and I hope for a strong Wimbledon performance,but knowing Nalbys luck he will probably draw Fed or Nadal in the 3rd round.

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  53. How do you know that he tanked?

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  54. UGH! The layoff and the serve.

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  55. I doubt Verdasco can man handle David like that if David was trying very hard,Verdasco is better,but not that much.He checked out mentally after he lost his serve in the 2nd set I think.

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  56. Danny Miche was at the match and says that David played really well up until 5-5 but when he lost his serve (and the first set) seemed to totally lose his focus. So he did try but he didn't manage to get back on track again.
    We'll see what Istabraq will have to say about the match.

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  57. Looking forward to Boodles now and I hope David doesnt play him again there.Verdasco is getting on my nerves slowly by taking David out of 3 tournaments now haha.

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  58. I mean, he was away from the Tour for three months, he has only just come back. And while he can beat players like Marchenko and Bozoljac pretty easily, right now it's maybe just not enough to beat someone like Verdasco. Not yet.

    - And who knows, maybe he gets another chance against Verdasco at Boodles. Or against Delpo... lol

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  59. I would rather avoid Verdasco for the time being haha,Delpo would be interesting.

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  60. Yeah, actually I could do without Verdasco, too... ;)

    The really interesting question will be whether there's going to be a stream for Boodles, like last year.

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  61. please Julia, remind us where can we find a stream when it is available :)
    I can't wait to see David having fun a little bit. And beating some players too. Revenge coming soon!
    Some mental and nerves adjustments needed and he'll be ready for Wimbly.

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  62. Of course I'll link it here on VD. :)

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  63. That's great news that it will be streamed, thanks for the info :)

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  64. Glad there will be a stream for Boodles. Despite today, it really wasn't that bad of a week for David, considering where he was coming from. I mean the layoff was rather lengthy. Prior to the tournament, I thought if he got three matches in that would be good. And he got four. Yeah, I think doubles counts. A lot of guys come back from an injury break and get blown out in the 1st round. So I think it's OK.

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  65. Yeah, I agree with you, John.

    Anyway, today's defeat isn't the only bad news for David.
    Söderling pulled out of the DC QF Sweden/Serbia today that will decide Argentina's SF opponent. Now it's pretty much clear that it's going to be Serbia - and that would mean a trip to Belgrade in SF...

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  66. I have watched the highlights of Nalb-verdasco at the US open.Several times He went to verdasco's forehand instead of his backhand.It is just a bad tactic against verdasco because his forehand is so good!Sometimes It seemed like Nalby forget about verdasco is a left hander.That could be reason why he is always losing to verdasco!I think his forehand is better than nadals on faster courts i have not seen this match today but it must have been the problem today as well.it is just a lack of concentration from David!

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  67. I'm not saying he's always tactically spot on against Verdasco but attacks like that are likely to make it into a highlights clip if they result in those big forehand winners from Verdasco (that make for great viewing). Still, doesn't mean the whole match looked like that.

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  68. Hi all

    I was lucky to discover by chance that they still had some Court 1 tickets available, so rushed off to buy some - that meant I missed most of the practice session I'd been hanging around waiting on David. He practised later than I expected, only finishing just before 12, half an hour before his match was due to start.

    I'm afraid I didn't take notes on the match, I was just busy doing the photos. I would agree exactly with what Danny Miche said. It was frustrating that David couldn't convert the break points, but it was so tight between him and Verdasco up to 5-5, many of the points could have gone either way. Verdasco really wasn't giving anything away.

    The game at 5-6 was bad from David though. As well as losing his focus after that, my impression was that Verdasco stepped it up a bit. I definitely wouldn't say David tanked, it just sort of got away from him.

    I've been really lucky to see so much of David this week, after so many disappointments when I thought I'd get to see him play live. I saw all four of his matches if you include the doubles, plus several practice sessions, and had the pleasure of meeting a fellow VamosDavider (Joyce63) to share some of the experience with.

    The disappointing thing was David not getting a single match put on Centre Court, so that the people who weren't lucky enough to be there could at least see him on tv.

    Let's hope for "streamed David" next week.

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