Monday, August 8, 2011

Au revoir, Montréal - David loses to Wawrinka



Update
After a for the most part rather one-sided match that only took 69 minutes (and looked a lot like David's previous defeats against Wawrinka), it's - au revoir, Montréal for David. As Stanislas Wawrinka prevailed 6-1, 6-4.
This defeat will cost David another 170 ranking points and make him lose more ground, sending him down to somewhere in the 60s.
At the same time, it's clear now that David's defeat against Blake was not just a bad day that he had. Right now, his ability to play competitive matches seems seriously in doubt...

More soon.



(Reuters/Getty Images; montage by VD)

Almost exactly one year has gone by since David's last match against Stanislas Wawrinka.
Back then, they met in the second round at Washington and David beat Wawrinka in straights. An easy win and at the same time not necessarily an expected one - after all, it was David's first victory over Wawrinka since May 2006. And the first one after a series of five consecutive defeats. The match record now: 5-3 for Wawrinka.

In the past, which is to say in those five matches in a row that he lost, there were two main problems that David had with Wawrinka's game. His serve that David couldn't seem to get a read on (with especially the first serve completely unassailable). And also his strong backhand with which, just like David, Wawrinka can dominate rallies, change directions and which he likes to play down the line. In short - Wawrinka is able to give David a taste of his own medicine.
Last year at Washington, David was able to turn the tables on him. But as there was no coverage of that match, the memory of those five losses is still fresh, or at least it still is in my mind.

Coming into this match, Wawrinka hasn't really had a great last few months (though he did well at the beginning of the season). He reached the quarterfinal at Gstaad, his previous event (on clay), but only had to win one match to get there. Apart from that, it's been early-round exits for him, recently. And it's difficult to say what kind of form Wawrinka will be in today.
Still, the much bigger question concerns David and his current form...
Today's match will give the answers.

And as it's Monday, here's the look at the rankings. With the Washington points gone, David has lost 24 places and is now ranked #51. - Outside the Top 50 but at least not too far away. For now.

Edit: Here's a short clip of David training with Nicolas Almagro, yesterday.

61 comments:

  1. Just 4 hours to go.

    I know we never talk about the technical aspect of David's game, but that backhand slice return off Almagro's serve in the clip reminds me of how stiff David's wrist is in his strokes. I always felt that it held him back from having a great serve or backhand slice.

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  2. I'm guessing he learned to hold the racquet firmly as a kid and then it became too late to change. I like the way he relaxes his wrists when hitting short angled backhands though.

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  3. yeah same thought, he does hit that backhand slice often, with free points given to his opponent...

    Looking forward to David's match, he better serve well!!

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  4. Almagro is a very good server, at least in last weeks he had lots of service winners.

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  5. I can't wait to watch the match tough I know how bad it can end.

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  6. I had the wondershare streaming video recorder on my computer but it doesn't work any more even when I reinstall it. Today I have looked for some other recorders as replay media catcher and wm recorder but replay media catcher requires a registration with pass and I can't find a valid serial for wm recorder. I want to have a live video stream recorder, can you help me and recommend the best one(s)? I need it for recording of live TV streams.

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  7. ill watch on a 50 inch screen lol.
    hope the match ends with the outcome i want

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  8. lol Noubar don't tease us! enjoy! :)

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  9. Thanks for sharing, Noubar. I'll be watching the match on my PC. Enjoy.

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  10. this is it.
    warm up. They both wear an orange shirt grrrr. Vamos David!!!

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  11. Wawrinka has already 4 aces lol

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  12. ... and David already with a double fault

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  13. oh no after 30:0 30:40 please holde David

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  14. very weak game from David losing all rallies, now I know why he lost against Blake

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  15. its over, david no longer can play at the top. too lazy, no adjustments, not enough match practise. here is the result, he should retire soon.

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  16. This isn't looking very good!

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  17. double break.
    nooooooo :( he should let Wawrinka win his service game and serve first in the 2nd set.

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  18. nalbandian is being completely dominated out there, he looks like an amateur compared to wawa. its sad to see.

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  19. Nalbandian has no winners until now right? And he has only some rallies won with UEs from Wawrinka.

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  20. Nalbandian has no winners until now right? And he has only some rallies won with UEs from Wawrinka.

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  21. This is sad. David doesn't even look competitive.

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  22. 3 winners from Nalbandian? I can't remember any more. So sorry to see that today.

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  23. speechless by David's game right now....

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  24. The second set he will lose clear too I think.

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  25. David has forgotten how to play tennis

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  26. I'm afraid it's a done deal.

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  27. I thought he couldn't do worse than Washington loss vs Blake... It's actually worse....

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  28. Wawrinka is bad but Nalbandian is much worse

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  29. Very sad to see David so weak. He played always better in comeback matches where he hadn't played a match monthes, but this time he hasn't missed an ATP match and only the Davis Cup and his last match was a month ago in Wimbledon, but this time he has his one of his worst comebacks ever, if not the worse.

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  30. David breaks back thanks to a weak service game by Wawrinka.
    Still, failing forehand...

    come on David!!!!

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  31. Is that a self-criticism? lol
    no, just a joke, I know you are anonymous 2 and one of us

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  32. Nice to see him win two games in a row,but still David doesnt look like he has a chance to me.

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  33. Everyone who doesn't type in a name gets listed as "Anonymous" here.

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  34. I hope it will be a berdych 2007 madrid match

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  35. oh, ok, u can delete my last comment too Julia

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  36. that break was just a moment how I see

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  37. this is the David 11 years ago

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  38. Its fascinating to me how bad David is playing but hes still in the match,poor from Wawrinka also.

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  39. it's over :(
    too bad he couldn't break back again in the end of 2nd set...

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  40. I didn't saw the first 3 points in last game but when I came it was 15:30 and I had the feeling that David was up 30:0 on Wawrinkas serve, that was a chance to get also the second break back which I never thought would be possible. Nalbandian got better after the 1:4 but it was to late.

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  41. You can't spot a guy a set and 2 breaks and expect to win. This is the worst David has looked in any of his comebacks since the hip surgery.

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  42. I wouldnt even call this a comeback match,its not like he broke his leg,I mean he only missed the DC,Wimbledon was just a little over a month and a half ago.His movement looks very bad,serve the worst Ive seen EVER,so many UEs,man if his goal is to be in good form for the DC,if he continues like this I wouldnt even pick him as one of the singles players.

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  43. Who is the coach of nalbandian in montreal? i didn't see any one in the match.

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  44. David doesn't have a coach and he's apparently not planning on getting one. Something I'm not too happy about.

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  45. It worked for Federer haha.

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  46. ^^
    OMG, he didn't have a coach!So here is the problem.

    thank u.

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  47. It has worked for David in the past, at certain stages. But right now I think he'd be better off with one.

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  48. The person who writes his website doesnt seem to be that worried.

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  49. That's his PR department - what else to expect from them.

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  50. I mean, according to the official site, the last tournament David played was Indian Wells....

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  51. Thinking about it,lets not be too sad,if he stays healthy hes bound to put up some good results,sooner or later.

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  52. I think this is more than just a poor match or a bad loss, to be honest.
    And that's why I'm going to write a different kind of post about this match, different from a normal match report.

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  53. Hope he finds the will to get out of this horrible form which looks like the worst i ve seen from him. Seeing his movement i doubt its just a fitness or practice problem but maybe he proves this wrong.

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  54. The best bring their best when the goings get tough.Its all up to David,does he want it or not.

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  55. I don't really think it's a question of not wanting. I'm afraid it could be a question of not being able to.

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  56. Well see,lets give it more time.

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  57. Oh well. :\ True fans still follow.

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