Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wimbledon R3 - David vs Roger Federer


(J.Buckle/AELTC)

Update
It was a good account that David gave of himself on the Centre Court but in the end, it was Roger Federer who won the match 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
During the second set David called the trainer to get treatment on his right thigh. I'll try to find out whether that was more of a precaution or another injury.
David gets a two-week pause now until the Davis Cup quarterfinal in July.

The match is now available on David on Screen.
Photos from the match on the Photo Page.

More soon...


(AELTC/Getty Images, montage by VD)











It's no secret that David sometimes finds it a little difficult to be motivated, playing a no-name opponent on one of the outside courts (and even more so if it's early in the day). But it's also no secret that David loves to play big matches. On the big stage. Against the big names. And that's exactly what he'll get today, playing Roger Federer on the Centre Court at Wimbledon.
A nice challenge, like against any of those players who are up there at the top. Facing them always means a special motivation.
And probably even more so against the top player he has more of a history with than with any other. After their paths had already crossed in junior days, David became Federer's 'nemesis' during their early years on the Tour when he beat him in their first five consecutive matches. After that, Federer was able to break David's dominance, winning the next four in a row before it was once again David who took the big one, the Masters Cup final 2005. But although David won the biggest match they've played, in the years afterwards the balance shifted more and more into Federer's direction: Out of the eight matches they've played since Shanghai 2005, David only managed to win two, at Madrid and Paris 2007 (match record now: 10-8 for Federer).
Still, it's not like Federer has forgotten those earlier days:
I used to panic and run to the net against him because I felt I couldn't hang with him from the baseline. That just made it difficult for me to play against him early on. Later on I really started to enjoy the challenge against him because he's one of the cleanest ball strikers in the game. His backhand is obviously, you know, a shot like almost no other on tour. All the players admire that shot especially.
But despite all that history, something is new today - the surface.They've never met on grass before. And David is well aware of Federer's record at Wimbledon.
It's not going to be the first time, we know each other well enough, but here [at Wimbledon] it's always different because he has won it many times and he's always a candidate [for another title]. I need to believe in my game and have the courage to attack.
Of course, David will be the underdog in this match against Federer, the six-time Wimbledon champion. But his plan is to focus on himself and simply try to give the best he can.
I have to play and think about myself. I'm still a long way away from feeling that I'm at my best and I have to make the best of all the matches [I get to play]. And needless to say, Roger is a very complete player.
(Source.)
- And David will have to play the very best tennis he's capable of at the moment to stand any kind of chance against him. In the past, David has often enough shown that he's able to raise his game in matches like this one. But whether or not he'll be able to do it again today, one thing is certain, he'll give his best. In this big match. On the big stage.
The last words I'll leave to Roger Federer:
I mean, I'm looking forward to that match. I think it's a wonderful third round. I wish I could have had an easier one maybe, but I know the danger against him. He can prove his point. If he's weaker or stronger than three years ago or eight years ago, we'll find out.
(Source.)

46 comments:

  1. nice post, i heard some of what roger said, but i found new things here.now am even more nervous than before, am recording this match for sure.

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  2. I know that it isn't the most realistic thing, but I would love to see David pulling a victory...
    Equal who wins, I hope it will be a great match! Keep everything crossed I have and wish David all the best! Vamos!

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  3. if david serves well, i think he can pull a victory.

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  4. he needs to serve all the time good and not suddenly 2 double faults in a row. Go David, I believe in him tough this time my hope is not so big.

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  5. after which match does their match start?

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  6. yeah like his previous match, the most important thing is to hold his serve.

    Everything crossed! VAMOS!!

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  7. Ashot : after Wozniacki's match on Centre Court. She leads 4-3 now in the 1st set. I think we'll see David and Roger in less than 1 hour

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  8. David's main problems are physical and his serve

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  9. thanks Mira, now 6:3 for Wozniaki, but both women were winning their services until 3:3 to love like the big servers on ATP lol

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  10. okay, Wozniacki won her match. Up next : David & Roger!!!!

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  11. Wozniacki is done. Hope ESPN keeps coverage going. Watching Nadal and Muller right now. That's almost done. Well, David, it's time to rise to occasion. Love to see a great match.

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  12. both players are done with warm up.

    this is it.

    good luck David, fingers crossed Vamos Daviders :)

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  13. it will be the best service game in the match from David lol

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  14. Already a break behind and couldn't convert the re-break chances... my poor nerves...

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  15. Yay he got it back 3-3!!! Vamos David!

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  16. :-( and break again...

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  17. that #$&# service from David

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  18. He's serving well. That's not what cost him those breaks...

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  19. Can't believe ESPN2 has chosen to cover the Serena Williams match. Ugh! Utter stupidity.

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  20. this 1st set is better than what I expected. Too bad one or two points here and there cost him the break. Forehand not adjusted well yet.
    At least, he serves well so far.

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  21. U r right Julia, but if he had so many free points on serve as Roger he had much better chances to win. He serves sometimes very good and that no free points on serve and Federer attacks immediately.

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  22. It's the unforced errors that cost him, that was my point.

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  23. I hope he finds his forehand.

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  24. The BBC commentator just said that David has called for the trainer. :(

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  25. Why does he need the trainer?

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  26. Uh-oh. Hope it's nothing.. Just a tweak, perhaps.

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  27. right thigh strapped :( don't know if it's serious but still moving on court.

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  28. And again. The trainer back on court for Nalbandian's right thigh.

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  29. Winning the match is now pretty far away,but I hope David can take a set.

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  30. Right now I just hope he hasn't managed to get injured again...

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  31. I also hope that is nothing seroius... all that tape was taken away again on his tight and he is playing without now.

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  32. Right, as long the match goes David is making more unforced errors and Federer is also forcing him sometimes to make errors therefore I wished he gets more free points on serve and he did then, but since he got injured he can't play so good again.
    David has already showed that he can play his best tennis, but again the injury like in Rolland Garros 2006 stops him because of his fitness.

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  33. Trainer back on court for Nalbandian. For the 3rd time. This is too much

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  34. David holds his serve in the 3rd game. Tough but he keeps fighting.
    Federer is... well, Federer.

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  35. This 3rd set tennis from David is top 10 imo.

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  36. Good fight.if he played the whole match like the last game,they would still be out there.

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  37. Good point, Adrian. That last game was good stuff.

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  38. He needs more matches on his back and then he can take him.

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  39. yeah, also, saving 3 match points. Noteworthy moment, he kept playing well until the end.

    I agree with you guys, the 3rd set was definitely promising for the rest of the season.

    talent is still there, fitness is another story. But I hope there's nothing serious about the thigh-taped moment.

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  40. Unbelievable Returns from our David in first set :)
    And Federer served in first set as well as in the rest of the match, but Nalbandian made then more unfordced errors. Again David has shown that he can play his best tennis when he wants! :) He must every time imagine that he is playing against a top guy when he plays lol

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  41. I watched the match at my sister's as she's got HD - it was nice to see David in high definition, but it meant I couldn't follow your comments here.

    Th loss was not unexpected - I thought he'd do well to take a set. A few errors here and there made all the difference but I'm glad he really made Federer work for it in the final game, and that he picked up his level significantly in the third set.

    I hope the injury isn't serious - I assume it's not as I'm sure he'd not do anything to jeopardise DC. He can fly home now and focus fully on that - he's got valuable match practise in the bag and that's the main thing.

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  42. It was solid stuff from David,a few great points,but he just wasnt slid enough.If he can keep that 3rd set level in the rest of the season I would be very happy.

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  43. I think the first set was the best one. But he did well to get back on track in the third.
    I just think that he played as well as it's possible for him at the moment. But if his body continues to rebel against playing...

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  44. I dont think anything was wrong today,I think we should see a healthy David for the rest of the season.This is traditionally his best part of the season,lets hope he will make most of it.Cant wait for the DC.Do you guys think that he might play something between DC and Washington?

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  45. He was having problems with his adductors but apparently it's not a new injury - at least that's what he said after the match.
    And no, he won't play anything between DC and Washington.

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  46. I must say I never thought about the possibility of David picking up another injury. :(

    Hopefully it's nothing much. He can go home now and start thinking aboout you-know-what on clay.

    I was just wondering how long Delpo will keep going through Wimbledon. Imagine a scenario where he's in the final and practically kills himself giving his all, which doesn't leave him much recovery time...
    Probably won't happen though. ;)

    It's a disappointing result today, but it's difficult to see how much better David could have done against Federer in this form. He did play pretty well, compared with how much he had to do in his previous matches. I loved that match point he saved - was it the third one? And some impressive serving today.

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