Monday, October 10, 2011

Shanghai R1: The Importance of Beating Ernests

(Highlights by Andvari - thanks.)

This match surely won't be making it into any highlights collection of David's 2011 season...
But although he didn't play very well for the most part of it, he found a way of winning it in straights, securing a 7-5, 6-4 victory after an hour and 33 minutes - and a combined total of 69 unforced errors and 12 double faults from both players.
Next up for David is now someone with a very different kind of game, fifteenth seed Florian Mayer. David won both of their two previous encounters but it's been six years since their last match.

Update
David's TTV post-match interview you can watch here.
And it's official, David will accept a wildcard for St. Petersburg (October 24-30).

(Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
After a slow start from both, at 2-2 Gulbis gifted David the first break with some unforced errors and a couple of double faults, the second of which came on break point. Up 4-3, however, David returned the favour with an equally poor service game, also including a double fault on break point. Gulbis held for 5-4 and then had two set points in the following game. But David was able to rely on his first serve at this moment and he saved both. At 5-5 Gulbis dropped his serve again, once more double-faulting on break point before David easily closed out the set, converting his first set point with an ace.

In the second set as well, David broke serve at 2-2. And he played better in this set, making less unforced errors and serving no further double faults. He didn't manage to get the double break, despite Gulbis' still rather erratic performance. But David carried the break through the set without facing any further break points and eventually served out the match to love.

Unlike in his previous match against Murray, David chose to play mostly from the baseline. An approach that worked quite well, since he was practically guarenteed an error from Gulbis, as long as he kept the ball inside the court for a few shots. Those altogether 43 unforced errors from Gulbis (and his 9 double faults, two of them to surrender his serve) helped making things a lot easier for David. But at the same time he managed to clean up his game in the second set (8 unforced errors, compared to 18 in the first set) and he also served much better during it.
And occasionally, he displayed some great technique on the ball...

(Alexander F. Yuan/AP Photo)

25 comments:

  1. Haha, it's cool that someone took a photo of that kick.

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  2. David is scheduled 2nd on Centre Court tomorrow, yay!

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  3. It's perfect. Straight after work, and something to help me get through the day. :)

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  4. seriously tomorrow? now thats a good news Krystle, u made my day.

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  5. Again early match...this is really good for David coz he will get a lot of time to prepare against Rafa !!! If 3rd round is on thursday..that will be better !!!

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  6. if David plays so Mayer will destroy him also with his serve I think

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  7. Is it a joke when he says "i've played very good"???

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  8. He almost always says that. ;)

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  9. mayer is a very tricky customer.
    his dropshots could really hurt nalby.

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  10. Fognini won just 5 points in the entire 1st set against Mayer when he won 6-0 !!! this guy is really playing well....If David plays like he did today...surely he cant win :(

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  11. nalby isn't fognini.

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  12. I'm just trying to remember the last time David was scheduled to play five weeks in a row... He must be feeling really good at the moment (and in need of matches ahead of the DC final). But I guess this probably means he won't play the Paris Masters...

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  13. "I think I played very good" lol
    Anonymous: "If David plays like he did today...surely he cant win :( "
    Anonymous: "nalby isn't fognini." XD

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  14. Around which ranking at what time does David need to be if he automatically can get to play Paris?

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  15. It's the ranking at the time the entry list closes that's relevant for making the main draw. That ship has sailed.

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  16. http://www.daviscup.com/ITF/Plugins/ImageGen/ImageGen.ashx?image=/media/78380/78380_BigPicture.jpg&constrain=True&height=293&width=520
    ........so anyhow its clay, this Seville Olympic stadium is indoor court !!! Nalby has great chance against Rafa since Nalby is one of best players especially playing under roof than outdoors !!! :xD

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  17. Yeah, but not really indoors in the traditional sense. More like something in-between outdoors and indoors. In any case it's going to be a huge crowd.

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  18. If David wins tomorrow I think he should provisionally be inside the top 50 again.

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  19. Crowds doesn't matter !!!
    " David es nuestra bandera " written on Argentina's national flag is enough for Nalby to win in Davis Cups...haha :D

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  20. But David won't be the only one, playing for Argentina. And it's still clay and Spain. ;)

    Adrian, yep, if he wins tomorrow he'll be back inside the Top50.

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  21. Haha! "The Importance of Beating Ernests" - love it!

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  22. yay! David's order of play is perfect for me! :D

    ah yeah the kick, looks like Argetine players like to play with the ball (with their feet haha).

    too bad the Paris Masters entry list closes too early, David back in the Top50 (fingers crossed!) this week could've been great to have a ticket for paris...

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  23. Well, it's not that close, to be honest. The cut for Paris is #38. ;)
    But who knows, until the WCs are officially announced it's still possible to hope for a miracle...

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