Monday, October 10, 2011

Shanghai R2 - David vs Florian Mayer
















UpdateII (11/10)
Yesterday, David got away with not playing too well - but not today. After only 74 minutes, Florian Mayer easily prevailed 6-3, 6-4.
David's next tournament will now be Stockholm, starting next Monday.
Edit: And according to his official site he'll be on his way to Sweden right away.

More soon...


(Reuters/dapd; montage by VD)













Update (11/10)
 4.20pm local - the first match on Stadium court has just finished. Up next: David and Mayer.

Tennis writers, bloggers and especially the fans on the big forums like to label players, putting them into different categories. Whether it's ball-bashers, grinders, counter-punchers or serve monsters. But there are players who defy such categorisations. One of them is Florian Mayer.

The fifteenth seed at this event and currently #23 in the ranking, Mayer is having the best season of his career. Winning his first ever title at Bucharest last month and making the final at Munich, earlier this year. But Mayer's game doesn't just work on clay: The two semis and five quarterfinals he reached this season also include tournaments on hardcourt and grass.

David and Mayer have met twice before and David won both matches very easily. But almost six years have gone by since the last one (at Basel 2005). And in case David doesn't remember these matches, or Mayer, he could be in for a surprise. Florian Mayer likes to make use of the whole dimensions of the court and to this end he employs a wide range of shots, whether angled, with slice (also off the forehand wing), drop-shots and lobs or a bit of serve and volley. But he can also create pace on his groundstrokes and he likes to go up the lines.
What the rallies in this match will look like is going to depend on whether David can manage to impose his game on Mayer, whether he can keep him busy and on the back foot. If not then David will find himself covering a lot of ground, trying to chase down Mayer's shots, including the drop-shots he loves to play.
Upon special request, this match will be covered by Krystle, VD's resident Florian Mayer expert.

99 comments:

  1. Probably couldn't find a photo of Flo hitting a similar forehand, backhand or serve? lol

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  2. I always start by looking at recent pics of David's opponent. But the angencies are none too generous when it comes to Flo, that's true...

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  3. I hope Mayer will chase David's shots... and not the other way!

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  4. wenever I see Nalby's match previews in some tennis related websites...when he plays any opponent except top 4 Nole,Rafa,Fed,Murray....they always predict Nalby as a winner even thou he`s struggling with last 3 years......haha :D so he is 5th best player in the world..haha :D

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  5. Looks like I'm reading the wrong sites... lol

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  6. [[[Tennis earth :
    Nalabandian was better known as the third best in the world years ago and he is hoping to surpass that stature this time around.]]]

    they say he's hoping to surpass his No.3 ranking....lol

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  7. Ah, those kind of sites you mean.

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  8. yeppp..tennis earth, tennis talk..etc :D

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  9. TennisEarth is not the kind of site I'd use as a reference, to be honest. TennisTalk is better than TennisEarth and not always as ecstatic about David's chances. ;)

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  10. I mean, according to that TennisEarth article David played again this year after recovering from a back injury...

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  11. after which match does David start?
    yesterday I haven't seen the match but also haven't downloaded it after reading your comments about it lol

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  12. After Lopez/Tipsarevic.
    Yeah, yesterday's match hasn't been getting as many downloads as is usually the case... lol

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  13. it looks like Lopez will close the match soon, 7:6 and 2 minibreaks up in second tiebreak

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  14. Lopez def. Tipsarevic
    David up next!!!! just in time for a break, work will wait haha.

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  15. Warm up. Come on David! the stadium is huge but empty :(

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  16. 30:0 then 2 double faults in a row grrr

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  17. Thoose 2 double faults didnt help his cause.

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  18. THAT return!

    no comments on the break :(

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  19. worst start ever against a player like Mayer... :(

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  20. Davids looking super slow today.

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  21. how can someone play so bad after good performances some days before

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  22. It's not just David being slow and playing quite poorly at the moment, it's also Mayer playing quite well.

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  23. David might not pass that much better than the Fog.

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  24. Mayer is so good as expected but these UEs form David

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  25. Good to avoid the bagel.David should really stay away from Flo s forehand,e jsut doesnt have the speed to cover the angles hes creating.

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  26. Could this set still become interesting?Tennis is a crazy sport.

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  27. ahhh,why not make him serve it out.

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  28. at least he didnt win it with 6-0.
    a fresh start we want now david

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  29. to be honest, in the 1st half of set mayer played exceptionally well...but in the 2nd half.....david played poorly and serve became even worse in the last few points of set

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  30. David wins 3-6, 6-4, 7-5....haha :D

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  31. I have no more words to describe my disappointments from david time after time

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  32. My impression is that you've got quite a few. ;)

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  33. awww hope this little girl realizes she's watching one of the best players in the world! lol :)

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  34. The shot thats killing him is when Mayer hits the cross court forehand,David then has to go forehand DTL and he just isnt that quick anymore,he did make one but hes gotta be able to do it regularly.

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  35. Is Argentina playing Germany in next year's davis cup R16 ??

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  36. so thats in Germany too :D Mayer, Kohlschreiber...then US open doubles winner philipp petzschner...especially Mayer makes david to run all round the court... :D really tough chance..:xDD

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  37. Still a long way away. And Sevilla to think of. ;)

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  38. 1st set aces...David-3 and Mayer just only one...wow..lol

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  39. nalbandian looks like he is so bored and wants to go home and have a nap, cmmon man wake upppppp!!!

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  40. Even more than Rafa, Murray etc...Mayer has the best game to beat David...since he play shots to move David all round the court...bad draw for david..since Mayer is in his draw... ;)

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  41. How did he miss that.

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  42. what the hell man, for the love of god, mayer gifts you the deuce point, and u cant hit a FH on the net in the open court, thats unexceptable.

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  43. David hits the net more times....than anyone else in this tournament....haha :D

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  44. Not much respect for Davids performance today,he didnt really want it.Hope he does better in Stockholm.

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  45. he doesnt deserve to win.end of story

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  46. so just 3 wins in 2 tournaments :(

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  47. will he come under 50 nw in rankings

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  48. 55 provisionally at the moment.At least he get to come to Europe Quickly and gets some rest before Stockholm.

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  49. hope he wont face soderling, monfils or delpo in earlier rounds of Stockholm...or even Mayer too.....since mayer is runnersup to fed last year..

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  50. I dont know if Soderling or Monfils are even gonna be there,but there are quite a few good players in the draw.Very strong 250 tournament.St Peterstburg tho if takes it seriously is a very good chance and probably hes lat chance to win a tournament this year.

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  51. On a lighter note, and to continue the topic of the terracotta warriors, here's a pic of the unveiling of the most recent one...

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  52. adrian i had tears in my eyes after this
    and i know its just another match but it just seems like he isnt good enough anymore to me he is not practicing enough or maybe thats what he has in him and to tell you the truth i think he is playing like top 100 rather than top 50
    and about stockholm you are kidding wright?
    what chance? i will be surprised if he passes to rounds

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  53. julia i admire you that you are not frustrated by him you seem to control your emotions better than me

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  54. I said St Petersburg is the chance,anyways cheer up Isis.Murray doesnt look too bad haha.

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  55. Isis, he'll be 30 soon, he's had 3 surgeries, his career was almost over two years ago. I'm happy that he's still around, still playing. And at the end of the day, it's just tennis.

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  56. and i hate that bad match up theory
    common its florian mayer he is one of the weakest in the top 20 he has no weapons
    david in decent form wins 10/10 times
    maybe he can just play one or two good matches in davis cup and thats it

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  57. Apparently you didn't watch the match today.

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  58. julia he got into my heart too deep i guess
    im feeling so bad right now
    cant he make me happy for once?
    is it too much to ask?

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  59. With that kind of expectations I'm afraid you'll be in for many more disappointments.

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  60. julia we cant say that every loss of david is because the other player is so brilliant
    enough with that
    nadal will crush him with ease
    and florian mayer is not a great player by no strach of imagination

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  61. As I've written in my post-match update, David didn't play well today. Mayer on the other hand played very well, especially in the first set. And that's all that matters for David, not whatever is going to happen next. Apart from that, Rafa is Rafa. David is David.

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  62. david losses this season were in his hands
    he makes way too many unforced errors
    and winning another atp masters event or going back to top 10 or 20 is big expectations from a player with david talent?

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  63. julia im sorry i am not the one who is happy with one or two wins in a tournament
    he is one of the best in the world
    but he is one of the worst in terms of work ethics and now more than ever it shows
    but these losses and level pf play yesterday and today are unacceptable
    even ferrero looks better than david

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  64. Where do you think those UEs come from? That he doesn't want to play better or doesn't care? No, a lot of those UEs are the result of his movement. And that won't be the same again after all he's been through, especially his hip surgery. No amount of talent can make you hit winners if you don't get to the ball in time.

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  65. what makes different if he plays Mayer or against other top 20 guy if he plays bad?! He could win today today if he played like last week or even easier if he played like against Murray, but he played not good today and Mayer used his chance and forced him to run which David doesn't like.

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  66. but he says he feel great and pain free i dont think its the issue

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  67. Its not about age....its about physical shape...I dont think David is looking like a tennis player physically...tennis players shud be slim enough to run all round the court...Even Mayer is 28...but he`s looking slim as a teenager...wen he fell down on the court in AUS open against Hewitt in 1st...I thot David is out..luckily nothing happened at that time....

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  68. It is because ever since hip surgery he hasn't been able to train the same way he did before.

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  69. Anonymous, he doesn't have the ideal build for a tennis player but still, he got quite far, inspite of that. ;)

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  70. if he thinks that with this level of play he will win the davis cup he is living in wonderland
    he should take himself seriously :
    hire a good coach
    start practicing hard
    and play each match like the davis cup
    if he does all that im sure he is back to his best
    if it still doesnt help i wont say a word again

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  71. Did you read my last reply to you?

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  72. I was hardly able to watch anything after 0:4 bc I was in other classroom with bad connection but everything is already clear lol

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  73. i cant believe he is losing to those guys its just unacceptable
    julia if what you say is wright and he cant train well than whats the point?

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  74. Isis, of course he will do it, but only one or two weeks before the DC ;) there is enough time until DC so he doesn't need to make him hard work, it's only an ATP Masters XD

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  75. That's the way it is. That's the stage of his career he's at now - we've been through all of this before...

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  76. And how is it unacceptable to lose to someone ranked 34 places ahead of you?

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  77. julia florian mayer is a better player than david?

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  78. Today he clearly was. And that's all that matters for this match.

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  79. i dont see things as you are
    nalbandian is on of the greatest player ever
    he needs to play better and not to lose to weak players like mayer blake robredo zeballos ,,, and the list goes on

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  80. I've explained to you, various times I might add, why it's not as simple as that.

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  81. david played his best tennis in first 2 points of the match...even the crowd gave huge cheer wen he played that drop shot for 2nd point...then after that..its over :(

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  82. Glad I didn't get up in the middle of the night for this one. I was worried about Mayer because of the way he could run David around. Obviously he did. If you don't have a big serve that can bail you out with some free points, you're in trouble against a guy like Mayer. I like your analysis about David's movement, Julia. There is a subtle difference since the hip surgery. He can't always get in the right position to hit his shots. For such a clean ball striker as David, that's a real disadvantage. He's got to be dictating the points and on top of the other guy so this weakness doesn't show. Well, onto Stockholm now.

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  83. Yeah, and because his movement is no longer what it was he often tries to play more aggressively, tries to keep the points short. That's been the plan ever since his return after hip surgery. Only that he can't always implement it.

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  84. He was moving very well in Tokyo tho,I think its too much what hes doing,too many tournaments.I think if he would schedule more similarly to Federer he could hide his bad movement better.

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  85. I think 'very well' is stretching it a little. He did okay against players who didn't make him run the way Mayer did today.

    Federer can play schedules like that because he's #3. David is relying on WCs and the special entry protection at 500s at the moment. If it wasn't for that, he wouldn't be getting into the events he's playing now. It's not just DC, he also has to think of his ranking. And now that he can finally play without pain, I can't blame him for wanting to play a lot.

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  86. Okay then when he gets to around 30,which will happen by the end of the year I will be interested to see his plans for 2012 and his schedule.

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  87. Will be tough to get back to around 30. We'll see.

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  88. By the end of this year, I mean.

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  89. I was playing with the numbers a little bit.It would take a huge effort,but even top 40 is enough for pretty much every tournament.

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  90. Yeah, it's just that he'll drop those points from Basel and Paris. So he'll only gain points from 135 onwards. And he won't need to be ranked that high for Auckland (if he goes there again) and the AO. But then he'll drop points again at the start of the year... I just hope he'll have a good indoor swing. Though it's definitely an unusual one, this year. lol

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  91. Will be interesting,but really I would trade him losing in the first round of all the tournaments left but have him win the DC.

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  92. Might not matter anyway, if he wins it... Yeah, I know, I'm a bit paranoid when it comes to that. ;)

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