Monday, August 15, 2011

Cincy R1 - David vs Kei Nishikori



Update

After two first-round losses in a row David managed to stop the whole thing from turning into a streak today by defeating Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-4.
In the second round he'll now face Andy Murray.

More about the match from Krystle soon.


And more photos as soon as I can find any.

The match is now available for download via David on Screen (thanks, Krystle for the recording).





(photo: Reuters)





(AELTC/AP Photo; montage by VD)

First of all, it's Monday and therefore time for the weekly look at the rankings. And with it at the consequences of David's first-round exit at Montréal last week. Having lost 170 ranking points and 15 spots because of it, David is now ranked #66. - 14 places below his opponent today.

Kei Nishikori, ranked #52 as of this week, had to make his way through qualifying at Cincy but managed to win both rounds easily and without dropping a set (against Joao Souza and Mikhail Kukushkin). Which means that he has already had a good 'warm-up' and is used to the conditions. Whereas for David it's been another week of playing practice sets, useful and necessary of course, and yet not quite the same as playing matches.

As mentioned in the previous post, this will be the first encounter between David and Nishikori, though they've trained together before. And therefore David will know that Nishikori's favourite as well as his best shot is his forehand and that he likes to play aggressively from the baseline, though he's also quick on his feet and able to defend well. In short - this is not going to be an easy match for David.
The bookmakers have Nishikori down as the favourite. Whether David can prove them wrong and whether he'll be able to play and serve better than in the last two weeks - today's match will give the answers.
I won't be able to be here so Krystle will be in charge of VD and she'll cover the match for you.

106 comments:

  1. when i open court 3 stream, just found out Eurosport UK is broadcasting the Lisicki matck. So opened ESP on my satellite ant it was there, but i know they only broadcast WTA, they wont put david 4 sure.But court 3 looks really good and the camera angle is ok.

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  2. Its great quality,one of the better streams Ive seen in a time,hopefully Eurosport covers David too.

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  3. I don't think so Adrian, but i dont know, maybe they have more than one panel ? even if they are to broadcast ATP matches, they choose dolgopolov gasquet 4 sure

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  4. Thought I'd check out the Lisicki match, too, Noubar. It's a very good stream. Hope it isn't too hot in Cincy today. I remember a Nishikori-Cilic 2nd round match at the U.S. Open last year in stifling heat. Nishikori won in five hours and both players were absolutely gassed at the end. David wants to win in straight sets. Nishikori can go forever.

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  5. couldnt agree more, all in all the Japanese is a talented player, i've seen him give Nadal a really hard time last year.
    1st match almost over, normally there would be no chance to cheer against Lisicki, but today I was "Peer all the way

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  6. there are only some ATP tournaments that Eurosport broadcast (Doha, Dubai, Basel, Vienna, ...) since more than 5 years and there was never an ATP Masters even there during that time

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  7. then i rest my case lol

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  8. Because of this epic choking from Peer well be waiting for David like a extra hour.

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  9. and we talk abt david not being able to close matches, Peer failed to serve the match 3 times, 5-0 5-5, one of the worst wta players ive ever seen

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  10. Ah, but Peer wins. Did you Lisicki's handshake?

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  11. Interesting how both matches ended in straights, but still turned out to be long once.

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  12. Here we go, VamosDaviders...
    :)

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  13. Looks like practically no one is watching the match (on court).

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  14. oh, the match has already began, 0:1 and David begins with a double fault ... and the second in a row :OOOOO I have never seen that

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  15. All the streams have frozen for me,what about u guys?

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  16. At least he has managed to hold serve now, despite those two double faults.

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  17. What? David won his first service game after 0:30 (2 dauble faults). And I saw after 30:40 2 service winners from David inclusive 1 ace.

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  18. I think the backhand is looking good,forehand still looks rusty,but it looks a lot better the Montreal already.

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  19. Well, that was a lot of work for nothing.

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  20. damage, he was a hair away from the break and he would make it if he did the first point where his return was some milimeters out

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  21. the first point was a penalty which David lost

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  22. but he won all points then, 2:2 now

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  23. I use the first stream above on fromsport which gets frozen sometimes

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  24. I think it froze because I had a second stream for a moment

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  25. David seems to be playing alright. Groundstrokes are quite good, as long as the rally doesn't go too long. It must be better than Montreal. :) Nishikori could definitely play better than this. It seems a bit brainless too. He played well in the first game, but it's been downhill since then.

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  26. At the moment David plays and serves x times better than against Wawrinka, but it can change of course

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  27. Haha I was scared David was going to hit another horrible smash. Close one.
    But good serving from Nishikori to get back in the lead...

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  28. David is hitting his groundies pretty good.

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  29. A couple of long games so far, but no one has broken serve yet.

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  30. the commentator said what came to my mind last days, David has won at least one tournament every year since 2005 :) but this year I fear it won't happen

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  31. Bravo! David is definitely playing better than he did at Montreal.

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  32. I saw just it is windy and David made a double fault

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  33. and the second dauble fault and rebreak :( the commentator just said he gifted it back to Nishikori

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  34. Such an awful game from David after working so hard to break serve. :(

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  35. that was a horrible game from David with 2 dauble faults and only UEs

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  36. That was an aesthetically pleasing return of serve and sneak to the net. :)

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  37. OK, Noubar. Let's not do a Peer.

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  38. please not again David

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  39. That was not a particularly good service game second time around either, but good that he finished it off.

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  40. has to be my lucky day, Aljazeera is broadcasting Nalbandian's match instead of Gasquet. recording it.
    ps. that was one of the best lobes i ever seen played on 0-30

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  41. That was a typical Nalbandian lob like the Eurosport commentator last year in US Open first round said

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  42. He's got Kei flustered now. Put the hammer down, David.

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  43. may he keep the momentum and close it out quickly. VAMOS DAVID!!!

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  44. I know that lob was a while ago, but I didn't think David had made it! (I was still admiring Kei's return.) I should have had more faith. Well, at least the faith is returning now.

    I see the foot-fault is alive and well. :/

    3-0 would be nice now. :)
    Curses - from 0-40 on Kei's serve to deuce.

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  45. "He's got Kei flustered now. Put the hammer down, David."

    "may he keep the momentum and close it out quickly. VAMOS DAVID!!!"

    This is SO important. But he's just missed an opportunity for a double break. Let's hope he can keep the pressure on, and not let Kei think he has a way back in.

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  46. exactly Istabraq! Like the commentator said, Nishikori saved the break points by keeping the ball inside the court, nothing more...

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  47. OMG that forehand!!!!! yay David

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  48. What's the matter with me? I didn't believe that cross-court forehand was in, either. I must have more faith in David!

    3-1.

    I hate to say it, but every time I leave the room for a minute or so, David seems to have won some points when I return. Do I need to leave to help him? ;(

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  49. Lol Istabraq!

    He still misses some pretty easy backhands... grrr

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  50. 3-2... could (should?) have been 5-0.

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  51. again David can't convert after 40:15 a break point. He had to do it.

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  52. Hope the missed opportunities don't come back to bite him.

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  53. As long as he holds, it's okay.
    Me nervous

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  54. Was that the first break point this set?

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  55. yup, the 1st break point. Saved, fortunately.
    Come on David!!!!

    (just when I said "as long as he holds", he faced break point. I won't say anything more from now on until the end haha=)

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  56. Some lovely play this game.
    Oh, shame that was just out...
    But holds to 15. 5-3.

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  57. That was a decent second serve, so what's he doing netting his second shot?!

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  58. Two more match points...

    And he's done it.

    Great relief! :)

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  59. And a smile, finally! haha :)

    happy he did it in straight sets. He could've closed it out earlier though. But I'm not complaining. Very good points (and still some ugly ones).

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  60. much much better play from david, even commentators said, its a great start from nalby.

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  61. Thank goodness he's won a match. He won't really be expected to beat Andy, but hopefully he'll feel a lot better for having this win under his belt, and really give him a good match. And you never know, if Andy's in one of his funny moods, David could take advantage.

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  62. Thats good play from David,towards the end he was looking very good in my opinion,maybe 2 or 3 times he looked a little slow,but its all ok.Lets hope he can challenge Murray.

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  63. Funny match really. Still some horrible play - but at least there was plenty of evidence that Super-David still exists! :)

    Well done, everyone - the VamosDaviders helped pull him through. ;)

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  64. Sorry for not joining you, my sister helpfully called just as the match started and then I decided to just sit and watch. Overall it was a good win for David, still some silly errors and his double fault count in the first set was something I only really expect in the women's game ;-)

    I'm really looking forward to seeing how he does against Andy Murray, who's another of my favourites. Everything crossed it's a day match so I can see it.

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  65. Happy Days are here again. Not vintage David, but definitely OK. Wonder if Andy is shaking in his sneakers?

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  66. It doesn't seem so bad that he started badly - much better than starting well and letting his level drop. It was good that he could overcome a slow start and really show some great play today.

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  67. Joyce and I are the rebels here who are Andy fans as well. ;)

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  68. Murray is probably the played I dislike the most on tour so I guess it kind of balances everything out haha.

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  69. There were some ugly UEs but more brillant games. A good performance in the first round and much much better than in his last 2 matches.
    This was even a good first round for an "inform" David I think.

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  70. "Murray is probably the played I dislike the most on tour so I guess it kind of balances everything out haha"

    Oy! There's two of us! ;)

    And Andy says such nice things about you, Adrian. :(

    So...
    David wins.
    Delpo wins.
    Troicki loses.

    Are things looking up slightly for the DC team? Let's see what Pico and Chela can do.

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  71. And Istabraq is thinking about the DC in the same time lol

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  72. Maybe if he losses to David tomorrow Ill start liking him haha.

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  73. I hope that it was only the begin of a good week lol

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  74. HAHAHAH, Adrian here is another thing in common between us, i dislike Andy as well, I like the Scots in general,not Andy, i hate his attitude on court, but i dont question his game, he has a good return games, the only thing i admire in his play.

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  75. I disliked Andy only in his last match against David when he won with maybe some acting and serve and volley.

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  76. David won his games beautifully, but Andy with David's UEs and his own serve, ok, let's now stop Andy hating :)
    where is Julia?

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  77. I'll be going to work soon, so I'll write and put up my report later tonight when I get back.

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  78. Thanks, Krystle. :)

    I just knew I was tempting some more Andy-haters to come "out of the woodwork". ;)

    I believe many just don't appreciate his personality - he has a great sense of humour but it's very subtle, and because he doesn't smile much it gets missed.

    I can't recall the "acting, serve & volley" tactic, I'm afraid. ;)


    Anyway, I'll be perfectly happy for David to beat him this week, but if not, as someone said the other day, there's no shame in losing to Andy. If that does happen, it's important that David puts up a good fight.

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  79. Ashot, Julia just came home and saw the result. :D

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  80. Julia is soothed then :D

    Yeah there's no shame in losing to Andy Murray.
    But we never know, as he got kicked early the other day, he can face a new upset against David...
    I'm pretty indifferent to Murray's game but, like Noubar, I don't question his talent ;)

    Let's hope David will challenge Murray. No one-sided match, that's all I want ;)

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  81. Well, she's a little frustrated that she didn't get to see the match... ;)

    I can't think about Murray right now, I still have to fully understand that he won today. lol

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  82. But you will get to see the match soon - in about 2 minutes. :)

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  83. Some very nice points for you to enjoy, Julia ;) (please ignore the ugly points haha)

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  84. That will be easy enough, knowing that he won in the end. :)

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  85. "Some very nice points for you to enjoy, Julia ;) (please ignore the ugly points haha)"

    Lol!

    We could do with an "edited highlights" version. It could make David's play tonight look very impressive.

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  86. can you upload the match in other website(such as mediafire) please? because page is unavailable in my country

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  87. nice points by david.
    http://tinyurl.com/3obdtdg

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  88. No David manana. Just saw the OOP for tomorrow and David gets a day off. Delpo plays Federer, though.

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  89. It could be good for his fitness but I'm afraid he doesn't play better after a day off then he tomorrow could do.
    Fish is 29 and played his third final in a row yesterday and he was fitter than Djokovic yesterday tough Djokovic played his first tournament after Wimbledon but fish his third. You know how fit Ferrer is who is also 29 and you know that Stepanek won Washington with 32 8 days ago. But the best example for giving David confidence is to think how succesful Agassi was after he turned 30 :) inclusive the US Open final with 34 or 35 (don't know exactly) against Federer where he was tired then and couldn't serve the third set out at 5:4 to lead 2:1 in sets after he lost the first set. But he needed 5 sets before against Ginepri and Blake.
    So, I will download the match too. I want to watch it without being feared now to enjoy the match

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  90. Just finished the Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUpu_9dTyf4

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  91. just finished to watch the full match :) 80% of the best points were in second set where David also served better. Now I'll watch your highlights, Andvari and then go to sleep tough it's 5:00 in the morning at me lol. I guess I will sleep until 2pm lol

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  92. Thanks for the highlights.

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