Tuesday, August 30, 2011

US Open R1 - David vs Bobby Reynolds


(Reuters)

Update
Things didn't look too promising in the first set but this time David managed to fight back and find his way into the match, eventually sealing his 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory after exactly three hours.
In the second round, his opponent will now be 30th seed Ivan Ljubicic.

More tomorrow...




(AP Photo/Getty Images; montage by VD)
When David walks out on Court 17 today, it'll be to play the tenth US Open first-round match of his career - a new Slam record. And only for the second time after 2001, he'll do so as an unseeded player. But even as one of the seeds David could've hardly had better luck with his opponent than he has now for this anniversary match.

For Bobby Reynolds, 29 years old like David, it's the fifth time that he gets to play a first-round match at the US Open. And the one time he made past the first round, in 2008, he went out in the second. Ranked as high as #63 in 2009, Reynolds has spent this season almost exclusively playing Challenger events and he has yet to win a match at ATP level this year (0 for 2, with first-round exits at Auckland and the Queen's Club; his current ranking: #118).

Now, as you will know I like to poke fun at David's habit of not always remembering his (lower-ranked) opponents. And when his official site initially proclaimed that this was going to be David's first encounter with Reynolds, I was almost ready to believe that David might have some influence on what's on that site, after all. By now they've corrected their mistake - it's indeed the second time that he gets to face Bobby Reynolds.
The first time was also a first-round match, at Stockholm 2008. Back then it took David less than an hour to dispatch him 6-1, 6-1. A match that was as one-sided as the scoreline suggests and even if David doesn't remember it, maybe Reynolds does.

Under normal circumstances I wouldn't expect Bobby Reynolds to cause David much trouble, with his solid game that doesn't have any great weaknesses but also no great strengths. But how normal the circumstances will be today, what David's serve is going to be like and how he's going to deal with playing best-of-five again - we'll see.

172 comments:

  1. Well, we know David wants and needs match play... but I seriously hope he wins in three sets today.

    The nerve-racking thing will be seeing how his serve goes. He doesn't want to be giving Reynolds freebies and making it difficult for himself.

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  2. "I was almost ready to believe that David might have some influence on what's on that site".
    this one really made me laugh so hard Julia, thank you.

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  3. Haha Noubar!

    Again, it will be all about his serve. I hope he'll close it out in 3 sets...

    and yay!!! Court 17 = stream.
    BUT 4th match = nervously waiting...

    see you later :)

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  4. wow the Anndreev-Ferrer match is really interesting, Andreev playing awesome tennis hope he wins, 1 set for each now.

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  5. I had a good laugh when I saw it on the official site. ;)

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  6. Ferrer still handicaped by his injuried (cut?broken?) finger?

    I can't wait to watch Nalby, sleep disorder and all... :)

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  7. I'm currently watching a stream of Youzhny vs Gulbis which is a capture of Eurosport player, and the constant error messages on it (and interruption of play) are driving me crazy.

    Tried the usopen.org stream using a US proxy, but they've gotten more clever this year, and it no longer works with it anymore...

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  8. @krystle, i used to do that as well last year.
    @Mira, u dont have to worry much about your sleeping disorder, Young already won 2 sets 2-2 in 3rd, if he closes it in 3, 1 ladies match then wer ready 2 go.

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  9. Schedule is moving along quite quickly so far on Court 17. Let's hope that Young serves it out, and that Peer and Mirza can finish their match quickly. Hopefully Mirza can just make large amounts of unforced errors?

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  10. Young just finished off his match in straight sets.

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  11. @krystle, a Mirza fan wouldnt be so pleased reading your last comment lol

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  12. Watching Djokovic while waiting for David.
    Hopefully Peer/Mirza will be finished in straight sets, whoever wins, it's okay lol.

    @Noubar : right, no sleep disorder this time, it's pretty cool, 10:16pm here now.

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  13. eurosport 2 has been showing mirzas match for the past 15 min, mirza just won 1st set

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  14. then she should win also the second :) hopefully she does less UEs :D

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  15. krystle's wish didnt cometrue lol
    its a nice match btw, commentator just said this could be a long match, level of play is so close

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  16. lol Peer up a break in the 2nd set... I'm afraid they both want to get it to 3 sets haha. Patience...

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  17. Peer and Mirza are taking ages regardless of whether it goes to two sets or three...

    Meanwhile Florian Mayer finished his match rather quickly and easily in three sets (the match which I was watching).

    I guess I'll check out Nieminen vs Verdasco then.

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  18. Peer almost choked a match against Lisicki right before David at Cincinnati. I think it cost us an extra 45 minutes. I'm going to pull for Mirza in this one.

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  19. a break down is no problem in WTA and against some ATP players XD

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  20. and here is the rebreak for Mirza XD

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  21. Its going very slow,they both like to take their time between points,Nadal style.

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  22. Hmmm? I predict a tibreaker. Haven't a clue who's going to win.

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  23. Chela has retired playing only 4 games leading 3:1

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  24. Ivanovic is looking extra beautiful 2day :)am recording her match, coasted me 3 GB so far, lmao

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  25. Nope, Chela won, Matosevic retired after 4 games. A birthday present for El Torino.

    And yeah, John - Shahar Peer and Cincy. My first thought on seeing her in the SOP - this is going to take a while...

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  26. on the bright side, i think david wouldnt mind playing at near 6 pm probably rather than earlier, he likes cooler conditions i think.
    I am starving right now and my family are out of the country, i am gna make some sanwiches, ill make them rly slow, just to pass some time :P

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  27. "I am starving right now and my family are out of the country, i am gna make some sanwiches"

    Lol, Noubar - your family have to leave the country to get you to make your own sandwiches?
    ;) (Only kidding!)

    Sania & Shahar used to be doubles partners, didn't they? They probably know how to squeeze every last minute out of each other on court. Tsk!

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  28. heheh not really but i rly hate washing the dishes, and i must do them, they r staying 4 a while.
    as for peer, 3-0 double break, taking full control of the match, 30 mins to see david.

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  29. good that it was not Chela lol, today were already 3 retirements all from men I think

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  30. Glad I predicted a tiebreaker. Looks like it isn't going to happen.

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  31. Chela, A-Rod and Ernie were all seen offering huge, indigestible slices of birthday cake to their opponents and others just before their matches...

    I think Conor Niland took the piece that was intended for Nole (Chela hoping the effects would last three weeks).

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  32. world feed has ended for the day session. Eurosport still runs 2 matches in its channels, chances r really big they will put david now.as Arthur Ashe is finished.

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  33. David time! Both players are warming up now.
    VAMOS!!!

    Noubar, I hope you have eaten your sandwich haha :)

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  34. ace on second serve, yay!!!!

    okay, Imma stop live-commenting, too nervous! lol

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  35. I missed the first couple of points, but I saw him finish that game with an ace. :) Was his serve ok from the start? Did he choose to serve, or was it Reyno's choice to receive?

    Aargh! Lost the stream already. :(

    No - it's back. I hope it doesn't keep doing this.

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  36. David takes half an hour to decide to challenge, lol.

    Oh dear, an argument already.

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  37. I was out of the room for a couple of minutes, and when I came back David was 0-40 down. How did that happen? I saw how the game finished.
    :(

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  38. I hardly watch until 2:2 because of stream problems and was looking for other streams, but in the end came back to the old first stream on fromsport and it works now. Then that terrible game from David. Right now it's the same David as last weeks... and another UE

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  39. here is a good stream

    http://www.livescorehunter.ro/streams/1/lshtennis.html

    hope david improves too many errors right now

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  40. what a point at 4:3... 0:15 Reynold is playing very good, good that David didn't make an UE in the end..... now 0:30 a chance to break for David ... noo, that was a chance to go up 40:0.... and a service winner, 30:30 come on David break now

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  41. too many UEs from David like last week against Murray

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  42. well, he will bounce back for sure, he is serving well, just game hasnt clicked yet, the "hurricane nalby" is gna strike court 17 just abt now

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  43. nalbandian's return of serve is terrible right now

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  44. this is pretty frustrating...

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  45. ashot with all do respect to reynolds he is playing average its david who seems pathetic almost i feel its an imposter on the court
    i cant bear it im almost with tears
    how can it be he is so bad

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  46. Ferrer began with lots of UEs against Andrew and lost in first with 2:6, but in the end he won easily. It's a first round match where everything is possible especially for David who hasn't played lots of matches in last weeks

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  47. But I am worried that David doesn't get better because it was the same in last Masters.

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  48. David can still hit big and beautiful points though. But he has to be consistent. Reynolds doesn't play particularly good so I think he can take the next sets.
    already struggling in this 1st game of 2nd set...

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  49. U r right Isis, I saw only some games at the begin but now I can see who is playing how

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  50. Damn! I lost a stream, had a phone call and the next thing I knew, Reynolds was serving for the set. Ugh! Hoping ESPN2 switches to Court 17 since Reynolds is American.

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  51. if this is what he can produce i cant believe im saying it i prefer he retired
    its just painful
    bobby reynolds winning a set ?
    he didnt won a match on the tour this year

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  52. vamos david!!! despertate!

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  53. it's very awful to watch
    isis, I am the last Anonymous

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  54. My last post was meant to appear after Ashot's UE one...

    My stream is running behind, and so are my posts.

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  55. not the last but before it :)

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  56. nalbandians returns are the worst iv seen

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  57. this tream works fine for me, same points as Live Scores
    http://www.livescorehunter.ro/streams/1/lshtennis.html

    come on David...nonato

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  58. That stream is better, thanks.

    And it made David serve an ace. :)

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  59. And David holds thanks to 2/3 beautiful points :)
    I'm still believing...

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  60. vamos david...


    if haas can do it after so many injuries, if blake can do it after such a big lay off, if ferrero can do it.. U CAN DO IT!

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  61. some points in this match are out of this world

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  62. and right after, an ugly return...
    it's all about being consistent, he gives too many free points to Reynolds

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  63. i wish nalbandian would work the point instead of going for winners straight away.

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  64. Umpire : "I would challenge if I were you"
    David chooses not to challenge. Wins the game anyway.
    Reynolds complains.
    This is kind of bizarre... to quote the commies... haha

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  65. way better David :) beautiful smashes

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  66. Ooh - well held to consolidate the break. Scary moments there.

    It looked to me as though David had no confidence in going for his shots when it all seemed to be going wrong. Now he's ahead a break, he seems to be getting that confidence back. He could really go on from here... hoping he does!

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  67. the stream doesn't work for me, even the start page doesn't work with the ending "ro"

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  68. What a point ending with that drop shot! Set point.

    Oh, saved. :(

    At least David's fans have come alive.

    Another set point. As David gets better, Reynolds gets nervy. Or not. Damn - ace.

    The game goes on... I don't want David to have tos erve for the set, I want him to take it now.

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  69. now I try livescorehunter.com and it doesn't work too, but worked half an hour ago ???

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  70. yes, looks like the LSH site is down. But the stream is still working fine http://www.livescorehunter.ro/streams/1/lshtennis.html

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  71. usopen.org has a free excellent stream with the live scores.

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  72. and now fromsport doesn't work too, I haven't watch after 5:2 for David, even that last game I hardly watch

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  73. click here it works constantly fine

    http://www.livescorehunter.ro/streams/1/lshtennis.html

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  74. What a relief. 6-3.

    I wish David was serving first next set though. And I wish he wouldn't need to have a long match. But at least the momentum was going with him the last few games.

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  75. *still biting nails* way better! He struggled to hold his serve at the end though.
    Come on David, he should break early to gain confidence...

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  76. Anonymous that stream I have tried too and it doesn't work , now I try it again and it doesn't work again. But for a moment all sites were working again and I opened immediately the first stream on sportlemon and it is still working but the sites are down again lol.
    I began to watch again from the first point in third set, David had a break chance after 0:40 and he couldn't take on the second serve, then he lost, very pity. I hope someone records the match and hopefully David doesn't lose

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  77. too bad it doesn't work fine for you Ashot...
    try one of these, hopefully
    http://livetv.ru/fr/eventinfo/85524_david_nalbandian_bobby_reynolds/

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  78. that stream froze now again and I opened your stream Anonymous and it works, even with commentator :) and I saw immediately David was down with a 30:40 but now he has an advantage

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  79. and a double fault again, can't believe it

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  80. shit shit shit Eurosport2 just switched to Rafa Nadal's match grrrrr :(

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  81. what a shot from David, the first I saw, but not the first good shot he did in this match I guess when I read your comments, lol... and 1:1, wow, that was a very good point the last one from David.
    Noo, they are showing now Nadal, need a new stream again. I have never changes so much between the streams for a match ever lol

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  82. I went away for a few minutes and came back and found they'd switched. What a nerve! Anyone know where to watch now?

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  83. Can I finally watch in calm the match lol now I watch this one, let's hope it works and doesn't froze, Reynolds has already won his service game, 2:1 and David loses the first point, and the stream frozes in every second, my nerves can't survive any more

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  84. Got knocked off LSH and can't get back on. ESPN2 of course has Rafa.

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  85. try one of these
    http://livetv.ru/fr/eventinfo/85524_david_nalbandian_bobby_reynolds/

    the Wii-cast one works fine for me :) the others too, probably.

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  86. i cant find a stream, eurosport switched matches and the stream websites are all down!!!

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  87. at least David won after 0:30 his service and the streams works better now, crazy

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  88. the wii cast arent working

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  89. I watch here http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-2/8/180/v-298137.html

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  90. eurosport switched to rafa, what a boring match, nalbandian and reynolds are striking the ball as twice tough as these guys

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  91. I watch here http://www8.livetv.ru/webplayer2.php?t=wiicast&c=fs4rtye45yr&lang=fr&eid=85524&lid=110919&ci=278&si=4
    but Ashot's link works fine as well.

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  92. Golubev is taking control of rafa at the moment

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  93. Is someone recording the match???
    oh, what a point, sorry points after 0:40 again 40:40, can he break this time???

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  94. I see that, Noubar. It's the only thing I can get now other than Live Scores on US Open site.

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  95. yaaaay!!!
    I like David's supporters and their chant! haha

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  96. Thanks for the links, folks. I just came back to see David get and then take break point. :)

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  97. 40-0 > break, thats nalbandian we know

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  98. again break chanse after 0:40 for David, I hope he takes it this time, he could already break 2 times before in this set, I have hardly watch normal, but the saw sometimes the results, the stream frozes from time to time, maybe because there are many viers who are watching David :)
    ... David makes this time the break but now a double fault ... and 15:15, come on, 30:15

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  99. i just opened a beer ppl

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  100. yes, I like them too today, it's normal when it gets loud when Reynolds wins a point, but much louder when David wins lol, every where there are fans for David

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  101. am listening to "one way ticket" song now, i wish we were all watching this match together, well probably wake up the neighbors on nalbandian's winners.
    3rd set in bed, complete domination, fingers crossed

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  102. cheers Noubar! lol

    Armada fans, I wish we were there haha :)

    Nalby on his way to win the 3rd set... on Reynolds' serve hopefully!!!

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  103. I had almost forgotten to speak about his serve, how is David serving today? I have hardly watch, but I saw mostly good serves even with second, except some doulbe fault especially in the game where he did twice, but won, OMG, I have even forgotten to see the results, David was leading 40:0 and had 3 break chances which were set points, but now 40:40, I am in big stress today

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  104. what???? i wrote 3rd set in bed at 0-40, no damn way man,

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  105. I have been missing bits of the last few games, but now David seems to be more in control. 3 set points... oh, I thought he had that one.

    How did he miss that at the net? He's been solid at the net (at least when I've been watching) and Reynolds is starting to push. All three saved by Reynolds. :(
    I had better go away again.
    I can't believe the shots David is missing now.

    Okay, once again he'll have to serve for it, but he should ahvge had the set there.

    Noubar, you didn't share your sandwiches, I hope you're going to pass us a beer.

    Oh great - the stream's frozen again.

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  106. 2 times on Reynolds serve he had a break chance after 0:40 and one time even broke, but now he lost after 40:0 for him :/
    0:15 and my stream frozes

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  107. Ashot, try to refresh the page, it works again

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  108. Now I try Mira's stream and it works, oh no 15:40

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  109. omg this is terrible

    he wastes 3 SP's and now gets broken.

    this level of tennis is challengers/futures

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  110. i spoke too early, very well done david but reynolds is a true mug.

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  111. what a comeback after losing 8 points in a row.anything would have happened at 5-5, thank god, no problem he didnt break at 0-40, at least won the set. i was gnna throw up that beer,ole ole oleee

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  112. I was refreshing all the time but this time it didn't work, but your stream works now, .... very good hold after 15:40 for David,
    now I must say the set is won, pooooooooh, can we survive today?

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  113. I can't get the stream back at the moment, so I've been watching the live scores, willing them to go in David's favour.

    Well, that seemed to work. :)

    I'm going away for the next few games, and as I don't seem to be bringing him luck when I'm watching, I expect him to be well in command of the 4th set by the time I get back. The rest of you are on cheering duty.
    :)

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  114. yay!!! well saved.
    a set point is a set point, even if he needed a 4th one to close out the set.
    one more!

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  115. Noubar, after 5:4 0:15 my stream froze when I came back with the other stream it was 15:40, you mean David was 0:40 down???? OMG

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  116. try this one Istabraq, work pretty good ;)
    http://www8.livetv.ru/webplayer2.php?t=wiicast&c=fs4rtye45yr&lang=fr&eid=85524&lid=110919&ci=278&si=4

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  117. wohoooooooooo 2nd bottle time, cheeers VamosDaviders

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  118. haha cheers Noubar! it clearly works! :)

    Also, I love the battle of chants between Argentine fans and American crowd. We all hear which camp is winning at being the loudest lol

    Now hold David!

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  119. just froze your stream for the first time Mira and after seconds when I came back David was down 0:15 and made a service winner, but now a double fault, crazy

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  120. I am the last Anonymous :)

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  121. Well, the French Marathon Man is tanned and ready for Nadal in the 2nd round.

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  122. Is someone recording the match???? please don't say no :)

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  123. yes Ashot he was 0-40 down, 5 points in a row, with a big scream after duece.
    2-0 now, bravo el rey

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  124. tough hold but David holds thanks to a beautiful dropshot/lob
    yay!!!

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  125. lol i'm pretty sure Reynolds could've gotten that lob if he really tried

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  126. at break point my stream froze again but then when when the audio came back I heard deuce and a shot into the net from Reynolds, I will refresh it again to see the video too, ... oh the video came back and David again with a lob which I expected to be a succesful one once more :) I have never been in such a big stress during a match like now,

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  127. i recorded until half of 3rd set in HD then they switched to rafa :(

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  128. what an answer, a drop shot to a drop shot, and a super forhand winner now for David, 30 all, can he break?

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  129. nalbandian is playing much better
    i hope he wins and improves toward a nadal clash
    when is on he is the best in the world

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  130. Hooray! ESPN2 just switched to David. I was getting tired of Live Scores.

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  131. lost that game, I think David had no mood any more to run

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  132. Cliff Drysdale just referred to David as a tennis genius. Of course we all knew that, even though he isn't playing like it.

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  133. hahaha Rafa fans are complaining on Twitter that Espn2 switched to David lol.

    game Nalbandian. YaY!!!!! I mean, as long as he holds

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  134. no drama this time but there are still some service games he has to win.

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  135. thanks Noubar, I hope u upload it for us, now a good hold from Reynolds, it's David again in turn.

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  136. I already said I'm recording it.

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  137. I am always nervous when David and Davydenko are only 1 break up, they both need 2 breaks to win the set mostly, but Davydenko is not the same in last 2 years except in Doha

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  138. Thanks for the link, Mira - thta works for me.

    It is definitely one of those days when I need to stay away to bring him luck. He broke serve while I was gone.

    Now, 4-2... 5-2 would be sooooo good.

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  139. seems like you're jinxing Reynolds' serve, Istabraq.
    so please stay around lol :)

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  140. I think my Reynolds-jinxing works better when I'm out of the room, unfortunately. ;)

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  141. thanks Julia, I can remember you wrote that somewhere but can't find it where it was and wanted to be sure

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  142. again 2 double faults in a game from David

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  143. and the third dauble fault, and a good second(?) serve, and now the stream froze

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  144. that advertisement goes on nerves every time when you open the stream

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  145. lol, before the advertisement it was advantage David, after that he did 30:0 on Reynolds serve, now 30:15

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  146. he wanted too much on match point, now game point for Reynolds

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  147. he wanted too much because the fans were so loud and he wanted to gift them a nice match point win, lol, now a great return and 2nd match point... and he winssss oleeee oleeee, ole ole ole XD

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  148. Hahaha Nalbandian's supporters are awesome, this is like a football match. Great win even though he had a shaky start. VAMOS DAVID

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  149. Ole ole ole ole David David!
    thank you guys, this was interesting though thrilling at some point of the match :)
    Ljubicic next.

    What a relief.

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  150. congrats everyone. that was a nice warm up for david, his movements/game/serve has improved

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  151. This time I will wait with much bigger interest for the post, Julia :) and of course for the video

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  152. the 3 big yellow guys around David lol

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  153. lol Ashot.
    He's signing autographs, needs "protection" lol

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  154. 161 comments already here lol

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  155. Night all :)
    will come back later this morning... almost 4a.m here! lol

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  156. Yes, my stream kept freezing at crucial moments too. It froze when David threw the ball up to serve when it was about to be 5-3... I had to wait ages to find out it was 5-3. Then it froze on match point, but came back in time to see the win.

    My whole computer is as stressed out as I am with it all. ;) Everything else froze, and by the time I've got back here, the rest of you have probably all gone!

    Well, a messy match, but a win is a win. And at least he served better. And he will get at least one more match. After seeing that, I'm a lot less confident about him handling Lubi, but we'll see. He could play more like himself next time. It does look to me as though it is only lack of matches and confidence that are the problem.

    Well done, the VamosDavider cheer squad. We all deserve a stiff drink, but I'm off to bed. See you soon.

    :)

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  157. From please retire to ole David,how things change so fast haha.I really think David played a good match,shaky 1 set but only because for some reason he felt like he had to hit a winner in the second shot of the rally to stay with Reynolds,almost like he was preparing for Nadal.When he brought out his good old steady baseline-constructing the point game it became obvious Reynolds was the one who had to go for winners quickly.

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  158. Lots of fun, everybody. I feel like I've just played 3 sets.

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  159. I think that was exactly the kind of match he needed.

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  160. Very good recovery after the first set

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  161. even on Eurosport website on comments everyone is complaining that the sites are down and they can't watch Rafa

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  162. Even though it made stressful watching, it did seem after the first set that David turned the match in his favour - it didn't seem like Reynolds gained any advantage from having the first set, because David dug in and wouldn't give him any ground. Even when he wasn't converting those chances, he always seemed to have an edge.

    Anyway, a lot of the stress was over the streams, not the players' fault.

    Before the match started, I was worried in case David served like he did in his last couple of matches. I've just realised I forgot to worry about that once the match got going, because that was better from the start. Thank goodness.

    Now I'm really off to bed.

    Looking forward to see what you made of it all, Julia. :)

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  163. Well, I had my doubts. When I was watching early into the Nadal match, I saw a quick view of the score of Nalby playing and when I saw he lost the first set (or was about to) I kind of figured he didn't have it in. But man was I wrong. But no congrats yet for King David; he's still got quite bit to go. Hang in there, Nalbandian, we're rooting for you!

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