Friday, September 2, 2011

US Open R2 - David vs Ivan Ljubicic

Update
Just in case any of us had forgotten what rollercoaster rides David's matches can often enough be...
After two hours and 24 minutes, a great first set followed by complete breakdown in the second, a third set that saw five consecutive breaks and finally a breakdown from Ljubicic in the fourth, David converted his second match point for a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory.
On Sunday, David will now return to the big stage - when he faces second seed Rafael Nadal in the third round.

For the record, today's victory also means that David has successfully defended his ranking points from last year.

More tomorrow...

(photo: Reuters)



(Getty Images; montage by VD)
A battle of the veterans - that's what some of the news sites and blogs are calling this match. Between David, four months away from his 30th birthday and Ivan Ljubicic, who had his already two years ago. It's also the battle of two former world no. 3s, with both of them having achieved that ranking in 2006 - in fact it was Ljubicic who took the #3 spot from David in the August of that year.

Today will be the ninth meeting between these two but the first one at a Slam, with the match record standing at 5-3 in Ljubicic's favour. Five wins that all came between 2005 and 2007, back when they met fairly regularly. After 2007, however, three years went by until their next and most recent encounter. It took place in the first round at Cincy last year and there it was David who captured a 7-5, 6-0 victory (report and highlights here).

For David, the biggest problem with facing Ivan Ljubicic has always been the Croat's serve, which is to say his first serve. And even in their last match David was hardly able to do anything against it until Ljubicic and his serve fell apart in the second set. In his US Open first-round match, Ljubicic didn't serve particularly well by his standards (53% first serves) and it was only his second match on the Tour since Wimbledon (having missed out on the US hardcourt events).
So David will be hoping to get a look at as many second serves as possible - and to continue where he left off against Bobby Reynolds on Tuesday.

Apart from that there's news from the Davis Cup front. Yesterday, Argentina's captain Tito Vázquez announced his team for the semifinal tie against Serbia (September 16-18). So here's the line-up for Belgrade: David, Juan Martin Del Potro, Juan Monaco and Juan Ignacio Chela.
And they'll be up against: Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic, Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic. (Source: Telam.)

130 comments:

  1. This match is going to be good, I think David will win in 4 sets. On the other hand I can't wait for the Davis Cup matches, strong lineup from both!

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  2. after which match does it start

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  3. this doubles match. they r still 1st set tiebreaker :(

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  4. I guess it'll be around 8pm GMT or later... like you said on FB Noubar. Patience... and stress! haha

    some people say on Twitter that it's the match between "old" guys. Some of them don't seem to remember that David is not 30 yet....

    see you later guys ;)

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  5. Double is through, so next is David! Keeping everything crossed!

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  6. i thought the doubles as well were best of 5, i was surprised it ended in 2 lol

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  7. I too Noubar lol
    last week when I was watching some challengers, there were no Advantage in doubles in Challengers, when you win a point at 40:40, you win the game

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  8. I am looking now for the best stream

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  9. I am looking now for the best stream

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  10. which stream do you watch???

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  11. Good start so far from David. He's already been doing well on both of Ljubicic's service games.

    Ljubicic seems to be standing so far behind the baseline in the rallies...

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  12. Thats the way Ljubicic plays these days.

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  13. I watch this now http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-2/8/180/v-298132.html

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  14. they are not airing the match on ether eurosport, sharapova and murray. hope they put it after sharapova

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  15. 2 aces in a service game. Hehehe.
    Come on David!

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  16. All right! David serves out a set.

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  17. so far so good David.
    1st set was pretty quick. No "real rallies" and a game which is faster, I like it. Seems like it's better for his rhythm...

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  18. That was a nice and comfortable set to watch. :)

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  19. Horrible service game to start off the set. That dropshot was completely unnecessary.

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  20. The match is on Nalbandians racket,Ljubicic is playing the exact same game he played in the 1 set.

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  21. What's the score? I am on my phone, and David's match is not being shown right now.

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  22. Ljubicic serves good in important situations, David had already 30:0 and now 40:15 on Ljibis serve, and one time he had 30:15 and lost there an important rally. He doesn't use his (few) chances that Ljubicic gives him

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  23. Tiffany, David won the first with 6:4 and now losing with 1:4 with one break down

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  24. With Nadal, Murray and Donald Young all playing at the same time, David's match is drawing no interest on ESPN2. Damn. Agree with your assessment, Adrian.

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  25. now David lost his serve again and Ljubicic will serve out at 5:1

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  26. David has starting to serve bad again with double faults

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  27. he just has to ruin everything
    its an easy match ljubi is not playing good at all

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  28. Isis,Ljubicic has been playing like this for the last couple of years.Hes not gonna play any better than this,but he sure wont get any worse.

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  29. could break his serve at will
    and instead giving him a present
    ljubi cant handle more than 5 shots to the court
    david should eat him alive
    common david show us what you really can do

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  30. davids return f serve is awful at best right now

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  31. the serve decides the match and not David's returns at the moment

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  32. oh no, no break again please

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  33. David is making lots of UEs

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  34. can somebody tell me what the hell is going on now?i cant watch a single point, and no broadcast. pls

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  35. a drop shot at a break point against himself and a nice volley, now win finally David... and another drop shot, this time into the net, deuce again

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  36. I'm getting mine on LSH, ZoneIn, Noubar.

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  37. yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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  38. and gets broken to love... no comment

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  39. i really dont understand these lapses in concentration

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  40. No comment either, except David can't handle success.

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  41. Or knowing that he has to hold now.

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  42. the backhand is back babyyyyyyyyyy
    just hold now please for me

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  43. 0:30 again, I can't believe it

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  44. i cant believe what im seeing

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  45. he is not wining a single point on serve? 0-40 all the time

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  46. he is not going to win if he plays like that

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  47. What a train wreck of a match at the moment.

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  48. i cant believe what im seeing, that service game was absolutely pathetic.

    my grandma would have broken nalby's serve.

    he cant win this match just gifting his serve all the time

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  49. I'm not going to repeat my previous comment.

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  50. i dont want to believe that this is the best he can

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  51. if he doesnt break now :@:@:@:@

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  52. david is working 20x harder than ljubicic to break serve.

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  53. he had to make the first point on Ljubicic serve, what an error

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  54. he has to win this match ljubicic is not good at all he is so weak

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  55. ashot why cant he pull himself together his time is running out
    almost 30

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  56. yesssssssssssssssssss
    now he will hold

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  57. Very interested to see whats gonna happens this service game.

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  58. if he get broken again im closing the computer and trash it to the sea

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  59. I told you he will hold this time.
    God knows what would have happened if the croat holded his serve one game ago.
    he will play relaxed now

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  60. LOL how did david win that set? he makes it SOOOOOO hard for himself

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  61. yessssssssssssssssss
    yesssssssssssssssss
    yessssssssssssssssss
    my computer is relaxed now

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  62. Good hold.Btw Isis,stop dissing Ljubo,enjoy the match.

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  63. Good thing he still ended up winning that set. :) Otherwise it would have been a huge mental setback.

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  64. Can anyone figure this out? Go David.

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  65. no first serve any more since the third set :(

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  66. he wins after 0:30, 2:0

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  67. One of the rare times Ive seen Ljubo even thinking about breaking his racket.

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  68. surprised he held after 0-30 down, this is a strange match.
    we need bagel like last time

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  69. now he continues what he ended in Cinci last year

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  70. first ace after a looong time for David... and another one in a row :O

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  71. we see if he is relaxed he's playing good and constant, but when the opponent is good for a moment he gets nervous

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  72. I absolutely love the loud "Vamos" I hear in the crowd (a super VD fan probably lol)

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  73. Or simply someone from Argentina, saying "come on". ;)

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  74. true Adrian, we never see ljubicic even thinking of breaking a racket, he is the poker face.
    too bad there is no bagel this time,

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  75. lol @ julia, so true

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  76. now the big challenge for David :)

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  77. ashot im so happy right now
    but im worried that david wont play better against nadal and than we will be in big trouble

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  78. don't lose your serve david

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  79. what a shot from David

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  80. Triple MP.....
    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......and he wins it!!! 6-4 1-6 6-3 6-2. WTG....ugly win, but a win is a win. Rafa next.

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  81. again a great shot surprise Ljubicic,... he wins to love

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  82. come on Isis, he hasn't even appreciated his 2nd round victory, you're already talking about him being in trouble against Rafa..
    We're all realistic but it's another story.

    Right now, David in 4. Pretty much better than the 1st round YAYYYY

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  83. I was going to mention bagel at 3-0, but didn't want to jinx David. Didn't matter. A workman-like-win.

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  84. mira i agree but i just want him to be at his best against nadal
    if he wins against him it will be his grand return to the world of tennis

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  85. Sad to see Nadal in R3,R4 is much more winnable.

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  86. Isis, and if he doesn't he's pathetic and needs to retire?
    As I've said before, I think you're over the top.

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  87. julia i have said it with anger and frustration
    i want his success it will make my life more complete
    you dont agree that a win against nadal will be a comeback he deserves?

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  88. I don't think it would make my life more complete - maybe that's the difference.

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  89. its natural that i will be disappointed if he loses against nadal
    im not the ones who will say oh its nadal so the loss is reasonable
    no i believe in my heart that david has and iv seen him beat nadal with ease as well as losing to him after 5 match points but the point is that i think that this is his time to put it together again

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  90. It would man,but u gotta think of it as a win win situation,he gets to play on Ashe,and if he plays incredibly he could win.If he losses no one would think less of him.

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  91. of course a win against the defending champion will be perfect.
    but a loss will not be a shame, he is the defending champ and the toughest guy to play against on the tour, David likes his game though.
    btw now i will be surprised if Rafa trained with nalby for a good luck.
    and at least i wont be worried on sunday if they broadcast nalbys match or no,and John, you shouldnt either lol

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  92. Make your life complete, Isis? Isn't that stretching it a bit? I mean, really...do you put that much stock into a match or a career?

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  93. when i look at him i see myself julia
    "has the talent and as good as anyone but not putting enough effort as others do and that is heart breaking to see him go down without the titles he deserves and believing in him is believing in myself
    i am sorry if im not making sense to you

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  94. I think it'll be a night session match on Arthur Ashe. Good for the crowd. And sleep disorders for us in Europe/Africa timezone haha :)

    I do appreciate how people (on Twitter and Facebook) already see this 3rd round as a big showdown, Rafa being super favorite of course, but again, just like Federer in Wimbledon, it shows how much David is still considered as a potential threat for top players, despite his struggles to win lots of matches in a row...

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  95. i hope you understand now tiffany

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  96. I think you're taking all of this way too seriously.

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  97. julia i know it is not life or death but its something i really want him to achieve

    that will mean allot to me
    i know that you feel the same

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  98. We all want him to do well but the difference is that we don't call him pathetic or say he should retire when he plays a couple of poor games.

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  99. Julia and others, I don't think we must take Isis word for word, we are not in politics lol
    I don't think he means it bad, but I agree that he sometimes is over the top. He is similar to Chris when he isn't Chris himself lol

    Isis, are u interpreting your dreams about Nalbandian lol, I would be happy if it comes true

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  100. Isis, we know that frustration can make anger, but as you see nobody of us insults David for that

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  101. ashot it hasnt gone to dreams yet lol

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  102. @ Mira lol. i have an exam on Sunday morning, i was a happy man when julia told me nalby's match is is due to friday, otherwise he wouldve played rafa tomorrow and i wouldnt be able to watch it, nor study for that matter, knowing my dad watching my dream match in HD in the next room lol.
    If he wins i will send a copy of the match you if u want lol, ill sell it real cheap, heheh

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  103. i also think nalbandian's serve was pathetic a lot of times. nothing wrong with that.

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  104. WOW! Totally surprised and at the same time I have this big-ass smile on my face of from this victory! C'mon Nalbandian, don't give up! Take Nadal head-on and do your best! Don't let the Miami incident make an echo.

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  105. Tiffany, you know I don't like it if you tell people off for their English. Thanks.

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  106. you have a point but it was me wanting him to wake up
    i dont think there are many who loves him more than i am
    its just allot of disappointments over the years and i do see every game has one of the last ones for him and every grand slam is very important
    i want him winning a grand slam before he retires
    australian or us is the ones which are "realistic"
    i dont understand why he considers the dvis cup more than this

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  107. Oh Noubar! lol
    If David wins, you should send a copy for each Vamos Davider for free! hehehe

    this 3rd round is definitely worth the wait.

    (off-topic: Murray just avoided early exit! :O)

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  108. Isis, from my own experience I tell u that if u dream him winning it doesn't come true but if u already give up it can happen ;)
    For example, after he won in 3 sets in Masters Madrid 2007 against Berdych I wasn't hoping for him any more, but u know what then happened

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  109. ashot than maybe this is the key
    maybe us not caring anymore?
    but we cant obviously

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  110. How about simply enjoying those occasions when you get to see him play? And just taking it for what it is and not what it could or should be?

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  111. in thirds set Murray was leading with 4:0, then it was 4:4 but then he broke again and served it out after deuce, there were lots of breaks, also in the match from Young against Wawrinka which Young took 7:6 in 5th set.

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  112. Why isn't our resident highlights-maker making highlights this US Open?

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  113. thanks for the record, Julia
    do you have the set 4 too?

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  114. great, I don't need only the second set lol

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