Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wimbledon R2 - David vs Andreas Haider-Maurer


(AP Photo)

Update
It's wasn't pretty but in the end, it was enough - David has won his second-round match, defeating Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 37 minutes.
In the third round on Saturday, he will now face Roger Federer.

You can download the match via David on Screen.

More tomorrow...



(Getty Images, montage by VD)










The second round, another match at 'SW19', this time on one of the show courts, and once again a new opponent for David. Which is to say - someone he has never faced before. And probably also never seen before or heard of. With Andreas Haider-Maurer, 24 years old and from Austria, David gets to face another player who hasn't had that many matches at ATP-level yet, 21 in his case. But who also has an ATP final to his name, after a surprise run from qualies through to the final of Vienna last year.

For Haider-Maurer this is the very first Wimbledon of his career after not making it through qualies the two previous years. This time, his current (and career-high) ranking of #78 has granted him direct entry into the main draw. So instead of having to qualify, "AHM", as even his official website refers to him, prepared for Wimbledon by playing the Queen's Club (where he lost to Donald Young in the first round) and then 's-Hertogenbosch (where he went out in the second around against Ivan Dodig).

In his first-round match, Haider-Maurer beat Florent Serra in straights, serving a total of 39 aces in the process and winning 89% of his first serves (of which he made 67%). Whether he'll be able to post numbers like that again remains to be seen. But this match might require some patience from David. Waiting for opportunities (and Haider-Maurer's much more attackable second serve)
- and then hopefully taking them.

76 comments:

  1. am not really comfortable of Maurer's serving abilities, but his last results were not good, maybe he doesnt have the baseline game or something. hope david finishes him off today in straights.

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  2. the most crucial thing for David is to hold his serve! And like Julia said, wait patiently for opportunities on AMH's serve, especially on 2nd serve.

    Can't wait!!!!

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  3. just checked the OOP, Ivanovic just won her match.
    Next up David!!!! in about 10mn I guess. I don't see the court 12 on the scoreboard yet. But it's coming soon, stream links now available on LSH :)

    Vamos David!

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  4. hey, i noticed the roof on CC is closed. is it cloudy up there?

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  5. Noubar, no sun is shining on court 12! good weather i hope it'll stay the same!

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  6. sunglasses in the crowd, the sun looks good!

    the commie says : Nalbandian, a fascinating character, at his best he's unbeatable!
    (wow!!! i love these commies!! haha)

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  7. Very funny to have Henman as commentator for David's match...

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  8. What is Henman's commentary like on the match?

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  9. yeah Henman says relevant comments! but the other man... just reminded us the 2003 US Open semifinal grrr :(

    Set point David!

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  10. Anonymous, he's keeping it nice and civil. The past is the past... ;)

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  11. good said Julia about Anon, David is playing his best tennis despite some some UEs. especially the first 2 return games he played awesome and had a big chance to break Haider Mauer also in his second service game. Great returns, great games from David until now. I heard it too about US Open 2003, and the commentator is also fascinated how Nalbi changes the directions of balls. So let's hope that David doesn't fall now in the second set.
    Henman? I didn't know that

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  12. This match highlights David's terrible sporting mentality.

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  13. David is full angry now

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  14. What happened there? It was 3 all, with David looking as though it was only a matter of time until he broke serve... I went away for a few minutes and came back to find him set point down. :(

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  15. he's frustrated, it's normal. Fortunately he didn't get a warning for throwing his racquet...

    all about making DFs! He needs to stay focused on his serve.

    AHM always getting foot faults calls. He's serving way better too!

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  16. Nalbandian kills himself again. Now making more errors instead of the great returns he did in first set. Nalbandian does right now the same as against Murray last year in Paris or Simon in Montepelier.

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  17. HM has infected David with his foot faults

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  18. Of course AHM plays good tennis now, but doesn't play much better than in first set, it's David who helps him to win

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  19. What can I say? This match is far from a classic and I fear a David meltdown. He really must win this set...

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  20. Haha Nalby infected AHM with his frustration. AHM gets a warning. Nalby didn't when he threw his racquet.

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  21. A break at last.

    The bad temper I saw from AHM at Queen's maybe wasn't such a one-off after all. Maybe he thinks he has to take over where Crazy Dani left off.

    Now consolidate, David!

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  22. Better from David but this set isn't in the bag yet.

    I've also got an eye on the Del Potro match and I have to say at the moment he's destroying Rochus. Good to see!

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  23. cmmmmmmmmon, leads 2 sets to one. this must boost his confidence again

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  24. yay!!!! David takes the 3rd set. He needs to win the 4th. Don't want a 5 setter drama!

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  25. It's looking pretty windy out there, no wonder David's struggling a bit. But that was a good hold, coming back from 15-40 - he needs to take this in 4.

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  26. he makes his life difficult, and now it could rain

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  27. hope david is clearing his mind now, he should break now at 3-3

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  28. covers on court 12. Play suspended.

    Maybe the kind of pause David needs to get focused again.

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  29. i was glad that the rain started, he will relax a bit. in boodles he came stronger after the rain delays lol

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  30. let's hope, you never know

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  31. covers off. Net still down though.
    No rain anymore. I guess they'll come back in a few minutes now.

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  32. it's amazing how it's raining a bit and 10minutes later the sun is back again. I hope it's not disturbing for David.
    Net is on. Play will resume soon!

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  33. I'll take this moment to explain that Henman and David had a special kind of history together. Mostly because of their on-court clash at Madrid 2006, after which David called Henman "the worst rubbish there is".

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  34. oh, thanks Julia. I knew about the clash but not these words by David. I'm glad Henman didn't comment about the incident. Indeed, the past is the past, and it's cool from him to be relevant and professional no matter what.

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  35. Bring on Federer!!!

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  36. I didn't know about that clash. In these years I was only watching tennis when it was shown on TV (Eurosport). That's all.
    I was too late after the rain delay, when I played the video, it was already 5:3 15:30 for David, and now he wins with 6:4.

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  37. YAY!!!!!!!!! good match overall with some ugly DFs and moments of frustration but... it's okay. David is in the 3rd round, as expected.

    VAMOS!

    did y'all know he took a shower during the rain break? lol

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  38. I wait Julia to get that what happened in 2006 Madrid.

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  39. Job done, but like Tim just said on the telly, he's going to have to play a whole lot better against Federer in the next round (assuming he beats Mannarino of course).

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  40. congrats everyone. am really glad i have the vamos daviders. I was really nervous today, and ur comments calmed me down a bit. So Roger federer next. that match i wont watvh on stream, a 1080p HD TV lol

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  41. So Hewitt was not the only rival lol

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  42. David was playing at the begin his best tennis, then he made more UEs. Now David knows himself what mistakes he had in this match and has the opportunity to improve himself for next match.

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  43. David actually had his TOP moments and flop ones. Not consistent but that was enough against AHM. Not against Federer, indeed!

    lol Noubar, enjoy your HD Tv this saturday!

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  44. I didn't saw the first 2 games that David won after the pause, how did he played and win?

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  45. Ah Madrid 2006. David serving in the final set 3-5 down,hits a clean ace but gets a horrid call. Nalby asks Henman if he saw it good,and Henman says "you're not going to get any presents from me at this stage of the match"(which basically means that he did see it was good).

    Henman then goes on to choke the match away. And I couldn't stop laughing!

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  46. Saturday? I was hoping that David has 2 days off to relax after that 4 set match

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  47. in slams its always day on and day off

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  48. I missed the end. :-(

    I was able to leave work just after the start of the rain break, but it takes nearly an hour to get home. When I finally got the scores on my phone during the train journey, the match wasn't showing, so I thought they hadn't started again yet. Lol - it must already have finished. I got home and switched on my tv, and found Melzer & Tursunov on Court 12.

    Well, I was hoping to catch the end of the match, but not a fifth set. So i'm pleased David managed to finish it off. How long did he take to win when they got back on court?

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  49. very quickly, broke immediately, then faced break point and saved it. then served the match 40-0 40-15 then ana amzing point came out, serve and volley on the opposit running direction of maurer.

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  50. Oh, I'd like to see that.

    Do you think maybe David's play was erratic because he couldn't understand why there was no VamosDavider camera on him? ;)

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  51. hahaha maybe. am sure he recognizes ur face now. but it was really windy out there. we wont have to worry abt rain or wind in the 3rd round though, CC

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  52. I love the idea that he missed the VamosDavider camera and made errors! What do you think, if we all came to his matches, would he win a Grand Slam with much VamosDavider support :-)?

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  53. @Mina : yes he would, for sure :)))

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  54. ya, he knows that the vamos daviders aint normal fans, we are fanatics

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  55. I can't keep up the usual pace on VD at the moment because right now, it's not David who's having the physical problems, it's me.

    But I'll keep VD going, I just need more time for everything than usual. So post and everything else tomorrow.

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  56. take ur time Julia, u r doing already more than enough. VD is my life. but i would recommend sanctions on Andvari, lmao jk. He has the best channel on youtube.

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  57. Don't hurry Julia, health is important! Take your time and meanwhile we are happy that he won!

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  58. Nalbandian vs Federer :)
    I waited for this moment a lot
    All tennis fans in the world will follow that match

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  59. Julia good health and take time to rest

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  60. Don't you mean Mannarino?

    Hmmm... but what court would that be on?

    Julia, don't overdo it when things are difficult. We can keep it going here with our comments. :)

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  61. Julia, I hope you get well soon, you need some rest.
    yeah, comments will remain at high pace here!

    speaking of Federer-David, I would be very surprised if they don't put this match on Centre Court. This is the showdown we've been waiting since the beginning of the "grass season"...

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  62. I must correct Mira you Mira. Since David's comeback after hip injury :)

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  63. I must correct Mira you Mira. Since David's comeback after hip injury :)

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  64. why I wrote 2 times Mira lol

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  65. After I downloaded the match and watched the first set I can't repeat that he played great in that set but good.

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  66. Just got home from work, and like always when David is playing, checked VD first thing. Glad to know our guy won. Was hoping Mannarino would win also. Hopefully, Saturday will be a "blast from the past." Like, say 2007. We can hope, right? Thank goodness I can watch it. Don't worry about things, Julia. You know us Vamos Daviders. We won't abandon ship.

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  67. Thanks for the recording. I couldn't watch it, glad he is gonna play Federer finally again.

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  68. Haider-Mauer failed to his former model Nalbandian :)

    http://www.heute.at/sport/sommersport/Wimbledon-Paszek-geigt-am-heiligen-Rasen;art746,572555

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  69. Thanks, everybody. :)
    Yeah, it's all a bit difficult right now but I'll find a way of keeping things going on VD. Especially now with the big one ahead...

    And thanks for the tip, Ashot. I guess that explains why AHM seemed so very nervous at the start of the match. ;)

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