Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stockholm R2 - David vs Ivan Dodig

Update
After all the drama on Tuesday against Malisse, David put in a clinical performance today and it took him less than an hour to brush aside seventh seed Ivan Dodig 6-1, 6-1.
In tomorrow's quarterfinal, he'll now get to face James Blake (who defeated Juan Martin Del Potro). It'll be their third encounter and perhaps David's chance to get his first win over Blake.

Recording available now via David on Screen, the rest tomorrow...



Two weeks ago to the day, David played his second-round match at Tokyo against Ivan Dodig.
Today he'll play his second-round match at Stockholm - and again his opponent will be Ivan Dodig.
As it's only been two weeks since they met at Tokyo, where David prevailed 7-6(2), 6-2, I'm going to do things a little differently this time. I'll leave you with Andvari's (thanks!) highlights clip of their match at Tokyo and a brief look at David's preparations for the second edition tonight...

69 comments:

  1. okay David, I count on your backhand tonight, some beautiful shots down the line please!
    Serve well! and reassure me with your forehand, well placed shots.

    see you guys later :)

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  2. Mira, the feild is now open for David to go deep into this tournament, i know its early to talk about yet, but Wawrinka's loss means something. Go David

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  3. I hear ya Noubar. Yesterday, after Blake beat Delpo, I was dreaming of the David retribution tour. Beat Blake, Wawrinka and then Monfils for the title. Now both Wawrinka and Monfils are gone. Things are really opening up.

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  4. Monfils is not done yet John.He is 2-love down though in the 3rd.

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  5. I take the Monfils part back. I saw the wrong score. Monfils is still alive.

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  6. Here's a thought:

    Why don't we just take it one match at a time for once instead of set our selves up for disappointment when he ends up not winning the tournament? :)

    Let us appreciate and be grateful for each match he wins, one match at a time.

    Let's appreciate that he is able to still compete against the world's best and that he still has the desire to fight hard.

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  7. i agree anonymous
    to many losses recently to be able to see him taking the tournament one match at a time sounds good to me
    when he will really be back will speak

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  8. discussing the draw has nothing to do with enjoying his each victory at a time or his ability to compete with top players.

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  9. Monfils is taking this match seriously,playing really aggressively,serve and volleying,not clowning around,props to him!

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  10. i prefer him to play against blake monfils and wawrinka and verdasco and to prove he can beat them on regular basis rather than wishing them to go away

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  11. With all due respect Noubar, it's pointless to talk about the rest of the draw.

    "field is now open for David to go deep into this tournament".

    I really disagree with this type of thinking.

    I really doubt David says to himself: "wow, I got a nice chance to win the tournament now because it's opened up".

    He's probably saying, "It doesn't matter what the draw is like. I'm going to take it once match at a time, try to improve and get ready for DC, and if I'm playing well, things will work out."
    Another words, it's up to him, not "getting lucky" on the draw.

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  12. right now all he needs is ranking points. a 250 will help that cause.
    everybody knows he can beat any1 when he plays good.But he even had his problems with wawrinka even when he played good.
    as for blake, i know he beat him easy last time, but David was playin awfully in that match.

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  13. come on David!!!!!!
    players on court, warm up

    I feel confident, serve well please!!!

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  14. Funny clip from Super Tennis abt nalbandian

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  15. wow finally a very HQ stream (first above on sportlemon)

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  16. quote for David: 1,20
    for Dodig: 4,00

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  17. yay thanks for the heads up Ashot.
    My internet speed is great at night haha.

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  18. Im watching on TV haha,first time in a long time.Javier seems to be in his box.

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  19. Dodig fires on serve, but David fires back, super returns

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  20. David is on fire when he strikes the ball so clean

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  21. at least, he consolidates!! :) He couldn't do it in the 1st set yesterday, I guess he knows how to manage Dodig's play now.

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  22. I meant, the day before yesterday ^^

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  23. after 40:0 for Dodig on his serve David comes back and breaks tough Dodig does an ace at the first breakpoint for David. That was the best return game in the world.

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  24. this is the best David I have ever seen

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  25. The Croatian commentator cant believe how good David is playing,lets go for the bagel haha.

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  26. grrrr Adrian I'm sure the Croatian commentator jinxed David for the bagel haha.
    Come on El Rey!!!

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  27. David fresh as a daisy. Keep it up!!!

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  28. Nalby Nalby Nalbyy Nalbyy Nalbyyyy Nalbyyyy Nalbyyyy Nalbyyyyyyy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
    Vamosssssss !!!!!!!

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  29. oh, 3 times in a row he can't return a second serve, these were big chances to break

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  30. David is en fuego. Noubar, I agree with you on the draw. Everybody looks at the draw when a tournament starts to see possible matchups. It takes nothing away from enjoying David's matches when projecting who he might play down the road. And if a high seed falls before he has to play him so be it.

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  31. he simply gifted the game, now it's the old David again

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  32. David's playing good right now, looks like he's picked up his serve a bit. He seems to be playing a lot more slice than i've seen from him in the past, luring players to come in and setting up the winning shot well. Hopefully he has a good indoor season like he usually does, bc i think the speed and consistency of the courts really suit him well.

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  33. Dodig is the new candidate to take the Gasquet spot in david's list.
    our guy is flying out there, super touches , completely toying with him. He is trying to make andvari's job much harder. Choosing the highlights points lol

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  34. lol Noubar. If this match lasts less than an hour and a half, Andvari can take it as a whole for the highlights, and just cut the bad returns haha :) Dodgi still serves very well!

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  35. Vamos David! now do this to Nadal on clay in spain, in the davis cup final lol

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  36. when David broke for 2:1 suddenly my stream showed exclamation mark in the middle with a white background, finally when I turnt to Energy saving mode and then started again it worked again.
    We had a good feeling yesterday and this was the result :)

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  37. So far, David's best performance I've seen in months. Neat, clean, good shots, smartly played. I'm reassured.
    Up next Blake. To quote Noubar, some unfinished business to get done. Hope David will make it.

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  38. but I could see how he played after 3:1 40:15

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  39. Today David was really in TOP FORM (serve, movement, return, simply everything besides the moment when he lost his concentration and made 3 errors in a row on second serve)

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  40. if he plays like today he will.
    those drop vollies were out of this world Mira.

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  41. Great performance today. See from the stats that David won 78 percent of the points on his serve. That is remarkable. Looking forward to tomorrow.

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  42. right Noubar, these dropshots... sure Andvari will get them all for the highlights :p

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  43. the whole match was a highlight, also the moment when he couldn't return second serves (= funny highlight)

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  44. I felt bad for Dodig,really a nice back to basics for him haha.Amazing stuff from David,top 10 for sure.

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  45. Adrian, top 10???
    that was surely a top 3 stuff, for me number one.

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  46. oh Adrian I almost forgot that Dodig is one of your favs haha. Sorry David had to give him some tennis basic courses :p
    his serve is impressive though!

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  47. True Ashot it was really up there,cant remember Dodig getting this bad of a beatdown in 2011.

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  48. ladies and gentlemen soon before i lost hope he finally arrived
    i have never seen david play as well as here since paris 2008 against murray even better.
    its such a joy to see him at his best simply the best tennis has to offer
    it will be a crime and a shame if he wont win against blake

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  49. nalbandian should win this tournament and paris and i will as happy as it gets

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  50. Hes not playing in Paris Adam.

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  51. what????????
    are you certain?

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  52. Ya man,we were discussing it not too long ago,he didnt make the cut and it looks like he wont get a WC.

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  53. Isis, it's almost certain that Paris is not a go for David.

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  54. thats outrageous its my favorite tournament and david is playing brilliantly there
    its the moment im waiting for all year
    he has to get a wild card

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  55. David does not meet the criteria for direct entry; the WC's have all been handed out; and David himself had no plans to play, saving himself for DC. I know that hurts your feelings, but those are the facts.

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  56. Could he get SE if he makes the final of Valencia?

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  57. isis, you don't really read Julia's posts, do you?
    she mentionned weeks ago David would certainly make the cut, entry list is closed way too early for David to get a chance to get a place.
    let alone getting a wild-card, mostly for French players...

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  58. who is getting the WCs for Paris?

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  59. youtube.com/watch?v=DqhSCBII6xo
    short highlights

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  60. Thanks Noubar,still amazed how good he was today.

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  61. it's to bad he won't be in paris, but i'd rather see him win the davis cup than play in another 1000 series and probably lose....he's playing at a high level again, but lets wait till after the blake match to see if he can keep up his good form. If his serve is working, i think he has a good shot to make the semis at least of this tournament. As for valencia, i guess its to early to tell, hopefully he will have some support in spain even though he will be their enemy at the end of the year....

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  62. in paris he is a contender
    he plays top class there
    last year he owned murray until he chocked

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  63. Ysterday's David played his best tennis after his hip surgery !!! Am I correct...along with 1st set against Murray in Paris last year !!!

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  64. and 1st set against nadal in us open despite losing it

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  65. I mean best tennis throughout the set.....If David played his best tennis against Nadal in that set...David should have won that set by a margin of 6-2 or 6-3 ....lol ;)

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  66. no I think he played the entire set beautifully, couple of DFs made it split away, and thats kind of david's trademark, double faulting in important moments. I cant count the matches he lost with the last point being his DF.

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  67. David said it himself in the last interview I translated. I quoted it the indoors preview. It can be seen on the Schedule Page. And here it is once again, quoted from his official page:

    "David Nalbandian is playing the indoor swing in Europe where he will contest three tournaments, the If Stockholm Open (Sweden), the St. Petersburg Open (Russia), for which he has received a wildcard, and the Valencia Open 500 (Spain)."

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