Sunday, October 9, 2011

Shanghai R1 - David vs Ernests Gulbis


Update (10/10)
It wasn't pretty but the important thing is that he got the win in the end. After an hour and 33 minutes, David prevailed 7-5, 6-4 over Ernests Gulbis. In the second round, his opponent will be fifteenth seed Florian Mayer.



Recording available via David on Screen. And a couple of pics from the match on the Photo Page.

More soon...


(Getty Images; montage by VD)













It's been five years since David's last visit to Shanghai and the Qi Zhong stadium. But he has obviously not been forgotten in Shanghai. Not only has he received a wildcard (the only one that didn't go to a Chinese player), he also gets to play his first match, his 'welcome back match' if you will on Stadium court, where he achieved the biggest triumph of his career. And he gets to play it against someone who's just as unpredictable as David himself can be, sometimes.

Ernests Gulbis is a talented player - but also a highly inconsistent one. His best tennis this year he displayed at Los Angeles where he won the title, beating Mardy Fish in the final. Since then he hasn't managed to go deep anywhere and at his last two events (Bangkok and Tokyo) he went out in the first round. But then again, with Gulbis you never really know.

What is known, however, is that David won their only enounter so far, back in 2008 at Indian Wells. Though it was a very tight affair, with David prevailing in a third-set tiebreak. Since then they haven't played an official match but they've trained together. And Gulbis will surely get some tips on how to play against David from his coach Guillermo Cañas. For David on the other hand, this actually shouldn't be a bad match up as he usually does well against big hitters. Gulbis also has a big serve but that too tends to be inconsistent. And hopefully David will be able to make use of those opportunities he'll get.

Edit (10/10)
(AP Photo)

Here's David's terracotta warrior on display along with the others of former Shanghai Masters Cup and Masters champions, outside of Qi Zhong stadium.

Can you guess who is supposed to be who?

53 comments:

  1. Looks like Gulbis has a weird forehand grip.

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  2. the match is at 9 a.m my local time, i would be in the hospital.I must find a way to watch it.

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  3. Cant tell the first guy,David,Fed,Djokovic and is the last guy maybe Agassi or Davydenko.

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  4. The last one is Davydenko. The first one is the tough one, that's true. ;)

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  5. Haha,Ill have to think about that one.Funny how David when he was entering the court started to wave to the crowd but then he noticed theres pretty much no one there haha.

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  6. Yeah, completely different from Masters Cup. Also because the roof is open, at least for now.

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  7. I know Arthur Ashe is the biggest stadium but I got the impression that this place is just as big.

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  8. Looks even bigger now because nobody's there... But I think it's a beautiful stadium, especially with the retractacle roof.

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  9. I just checked it out.Its the the same size as Wimbledon center court.Joint number 4 place.

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  10. Good morning everyone (morning for me ;-), finally got a stream working and keeping everything crossed for a good match and David winning, of course!

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  11. Good morning.Awful level of play from both guys now,so many UEs

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  12. First break points come and gone...

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  13. There is really almost nobody watching...

    Yes, sad that he couldn't convert the break points...

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  14. Good, a fast service game for David.

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  15. i dont understand why he is playing poorly

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  16. Pretty nasty tennis from both guys.

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  17. i think he should play better with each match but it seems like the other way around

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  18. nalbandian playing the worst iv seen since wawrinka match

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  19. I think maybe he and Gulbis had a few drinks last night and now are a little bit slow to get started haha.

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  20. Good that he did,but its definitely one to forget.

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  21. im so disappointed at the level nalbandian presents i wished he could play better
    and i wanted him to win against rafa....

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  22. Isis,we are light years away from the match with Nadal.Btw what do you guys think the reactions of the Gulbis fans watching this haha.

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  23. it seems as if nalbandian wants to win and go back to top ten because i forgot the last time i seen him play badly and still so pumped up
    i like it allot
    maybe its a new start

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  24. I think they're used to it...

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  25. I think you can never really get used to it.

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  26. And I've seen far worse from David.

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  27. Well David did it here and there.It seems that Gulbis its every second match haha.

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  28. David not disappointing his Chinese fans with the hola David sign.

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  29. lets hope for better against mayer and finaly that win over a top player that will mean allot to him

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  30. 3 days ago i said david played a great tennis and lost, today he didnt play that well and won, they say the later is more important, finding ways to win despite not playing very well. Florian mayer next, he should play better. shanghai misses you david

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  31. Mayer is tricky,dont know what to expect there.

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  32. a win is a win, tough one but it's okay.
    Hope he'll play better against Mayer!!!

    so nice memories seeing the picture of Terracotta players again... back in the days...

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  33. I did a little cheating with the first warrior and checked out who also won the WTF final in Shanghai,is ti Hewitt?

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  34. Yeah, that's supposed to be Hewitt... No way of finding that out without a little cheating. lol

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  35. Hewitt, never would have guessed that the figure is Hewitt...

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  36. Me neither... And viewed from the side like this I still think David's warrior looks more like Patrick Swayze. lol

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  37. Fed and Dokovic are pretty good.

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  38. Not from up close, believe me.

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  39. LOl but you are true Patrick Swazye hits the nail on the head!

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  40. Haha,Ill have to check it out if I ever find myself in Shanghai.

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  41. "Nalbandian dealt with Gulbis pretty well in first match.. Wonder if he knows his fan club are now waving USA flags and cheering Roddick."Quote from twitter,guess the fans over in China are quite the bandwagoners haha.

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  42. Im started watching now just to see them.They are showing them tho :(.

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  43. Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MzgORP3Gcs

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  44. Thanks Andvari,there were not too many points to work with this time haha.

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