Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wimbledon R1 - David vs Julian Reister


(Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Update
David's first match at Wimbledon in three years has ended with a straightforward 7-5, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Julian Reister in an hour an 46 minutes.
In Round 2 David will now face Andreas Haider-Maurer on Thursday. It will be David's first meeting with the Austrian.

More tomorrow, including photos by Istabraq...




(Getty Images, montage by VD)

After three years, today is finally the day that will see David (now ranked #23), playing a match at Wimbledon again - if the weather allows it. There are some rain showers forecast for the day and as David's match is scheduled as the fourth one on Court 19, it remains to be seen whether today he will really get to make his comeback at the oldest and most prestigious of Slams.

In any case, this match means something like a new start at Wimbledon for David and it's also going to be a premiere. Julian Reister, 25 years of age and currently ranked #135, is usually at home playing clay-court Challengers, whenever he's not trying to qualify for ATP-level events. Last year, he managed to qualify for Wimbledon for the very first time in his career and he also managed to win a round before losing to Xavier Malisse in the second.

That David has also played a match against Malisse at Wimbledon before is about as far as the similarities go between these two (apart from the fact that David beat Malisse; in the semifinal 2002). A very simple way of illustrating the major difference: This is going to be David's 508th match at ATP level. For Reister, it's going to be his 18th.

Another difference lies in the way they've prepared for Wimbledon. While David got to play a total of seven matches at the Queen's Club and Boodles, Reister retired after seven games in the first round at Halle before losing in the first round at 's-Hertogenbosch, last week. In other words, Reister, who's usually more of a clay-courter anyway, hasn't been able to get much match practice on grass.
As this is going to be their first encounter and I very much doubt that David has so much as heard Reister's name before, he'll probably need a moment to see who he's dealing with.
But whether or not David will have a slow start - the only way to find out will once again be the scoreboard.

88 comments:

  1. I keep everything crossed for David and that he gets a great start!
    We will have to see what weather will do with the schedule, if it is the same like yesterday we will have to wait probably one more day to see David.
    I'm still so sad that in Germany no free TV station shows Wimbledon... a GS and you can watch only streams. But perhaps it is better for my nerves ;-).
    Vamos David!

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  2. Yeah, don't get me started on German TV... And Bet365 is blocked here as well.

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  3. yes, the (legal) streams are blocked in some countrys.

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  4. Always depends on who has the rights. But the funny part is that those who have the rights sometimes don't bother, organising streams. Or only offer them as part of a pay-TV deal.

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  5. 1st match over on court 19 very quickly, Haase's match in progress. if he wins in straight, we might see dsvid today

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  6. Andvari, ur countyman did a great job, he won 4,4,4. Now Robredo vs Lu, am afraid this match might be a long 1. then the king

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  7. Yeah I was surprised that both matches were already over when I just looked. Good for Haase

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  8. go LU 6-4 6-4 one set to go

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  9. 4-0 3rd set, davids turn, but dark clouds started to cover the sky now

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  10. Match over, hope it doesnt rain noubar

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  11. David won the toss and chose to serve - I'm hearing from Istabraq, who is courtside.

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  12. broken already, why does he choose to serve, weird.
    n the german holds to love

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  13. Vamos David!
    getting broken may be his way to warm-up... so frustrating to not being able to watch him.
    Biting nails while keeping an eye on the livescore :(

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  14. well Mira, am not that worried he got broken, thats david's style, he always starts poorly, plus he doesnt know the player yet

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  15. The scoreboard seems to be jumping a lot. Is everyone using the Matches in Progress scoreboard?

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  16. indeed Noubar :) as long as it takes few games to adjust his game.
    He holds pretty easily now. He has to break back!!

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  17. Yeah I am using that one too and it also jumps here

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  18. @Krystle Lee : yes i'm using the scoreboard on the official website... lagging then jumping a lot.

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  19. ya krystle same here, it jumps 2 or 3 points together, i pressed live scores on the left side of home page.
    @mira, yes he holded the othere 2 service games easy, hope that break doesnt coast him the set n he breaks back

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  20. nice jump there from 15 all to 40-15, lmao

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  21. I have the livescore on official wimbledon site and it jumps after 15:0 for David at 4:5 to 5:5

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  22. really??????? its 5-4 0-30 on mine

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  23. yesssss 5-5!!
    but my scoreboard is more like Noubar's scoreboard rhythm though lol

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  24. yesss, after 0:30 became 30:30 I was afraid, but then again 2 points to David and 5:5.

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  25. 5-5 on my SB, thanks a lot ashot. u calmed me down man

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  26. 6-5 cmmonn, nalby is back on

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  27. David is a fire on serve :-)

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  28. He is very comfortable on serve if we forget his first service game. Only lost 2 points on serve after that disastrous game.

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  29. yes, 6:5 Noubar, also on my scoreboard :)

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  30. 3 set points for David :-)

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  31. he did it guyz. 7-5, i like this scoreboard jumps Mira

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  32. David won 2 games to love in a row? or was the scoreboard again crazy?

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  33. the scoreboard jumps, but David too b

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  34. yesssss David takes the 1st set 7-5 :D

    oh lord, i hope he won't get broken early in the 2nd set, now he gets the pace, keep the momentum!

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  35. hahaha I like the jumping points system too guys lol.
    From 15-0 to 40-15 to 1-0 for David in the 2nd set >> sounds good!

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  36. stats: 16 winners, 4 UEs, 4 aces, 1 DF., impressive

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  37. Reister finally wins a game after 5 straight games by David

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  38. 4 UEs is... impressive! regarding the length of the 1st set!

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  39. wow thats really good, those stats!

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  40. lets all cross fingers now.

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  41. I see here now 23 winners, 6 UE's

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  42. i bet that was a return winner. 0-15 cmonnnnnn

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  43. Can I just say that shouting "Come on David!!!" at the live scoreboard isn't much fun after shouting it at Queens?!!

    Seriously, nice work from David so far, set and a break in the bag. Hope he keeps up the momentum, and I'm looking forward to Istabraq's report and photos later.

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  44. Those stats don't look accurate, lol.

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  45. yea babyyyyy. 4-1. nice hold there .I wonder what the match looks like, i bet he started toying with him. u know, drop shot then lobe lol

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  46. 7-5 4-1 very good half match by David. I wish it was on a televised court :(

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  47. Istabraq say he's playing really well, and that he's finishing off a lot of points at the net.

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  48. Too bad we can't watch this, we are missing a lot of winners here :)

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  49. lol andvari, nothing is more awesome than davids winners when he strikes them 4 feet from the baseline

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  50. 7-5 6-2. lets everybody take a guess on the 3rd set score, shall we ? lol

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  51. Yesssss, takes the second set 6-2. One more please David :-)

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  52. Good to hear that he is playing well besides games 1! Looks really good for him now with taking home set 2.

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  53. YAAAAAY David up 2 sets to 0 :))))

    thank you Julia, please tell Istabraq how lucky she is right now lol :)

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  54. It's her last match today and I think she's enjoying it. :)

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  55. last?? she wont be there in 2nd round ?

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  56. pity that he can't be there in 3. round

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  57. David should already lead with at least one break in third set

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  58. The match stats on Wimbledon.com have David at 12 unforced errors and 39 winners. Those are the best stats I've ever seen from him.

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  59. YESSSS and David breaks in the 3rd set. On his way to close it out in straight sets. Come on!!!!

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  60. noo, he got broken

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  61. rebreak? what? That can't be possible

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  62. He was winning all games so easily and now when he broke, he got broken, the old David again.

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  63. cmmon king, break and serve it out

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  64. what tells Istrabaq about this rebreak? :) I guess David made lots of UE

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  65. and he did, but we must be carefully now, especially David ;)

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  66. Game set Match Nalbandian.
    congrats everyone, an elite start for an elite tournament

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  67. Straightforward win in the end. I really hope his second round match is on a televised court on Thursday, I can't bear just watching the scoreboard :-(

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  68. Well said Noubar!!!
    Very good start for David. And relief for us :)))

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  69. Yes very good start and I'm happy that it went so well and no 4 or 5 setter. Vamos!

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  70. who is in the next round?

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  71. 2nd round : either Serra (France) or Haider-Maurer (Austria). Never seen the latter play.

    No drama today, I hope the 2nd round will have the same scenario :)

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  72. Serra was in past sometimes dangerous how I know, now I don't know.

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  73. nalbandian beat him in straights in last years wimbledon 2nd round with ankle injury lol

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  74. last years us open, sry

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  75. most likey haider maurer, leads 2 sets to love

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  76. in the second round david will play against Andreas Haider-Maurer(AUT) .

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  77. I have seen Haider-Maurer play in Vienna last year against the veteran Muster. Muster could have won the second set lol. He played really passive that match, but if I remember well he played quite good against Söderling in the 1st Round of the US Open 2010 where he took Robin to 5 sets.

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  78. haider maurer is a good upcoming player. broke through the main tour end of last year and has been on a nice roll. nalbandian should beat him confortably on grass though

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  79. short video for nalby content highlight and interview after play from espn http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/news/story?id=1321246&s=ten&type=story

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  80. Haider-Mauer has served 39 aces against Sella :O

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  81. ya he serves well. sella is not nalbandian. mauer cant hit as much as those against the world's best returner

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  82. But Nalbandian could lose his first service game again and it could cost him the first set

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  83. thank you Marwa! but i didn't see any highlights, just an interview of David about his preparation and i guess it was before he played his 1st round.

    daaaaammmn i wish i could speak Spanish, I need to learn it seriously lol. Understand some written sentences but when he talks, omg too much flow haha.

    this 2nd round will be a good test for David in terms of return serve. And break as early as possible in each set!

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  84. The video's got a few points from the match. Not exactly highlights but at least something. And the interview is David's post-match press conference. ;)

    Thanks, Marwa. :)

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