Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tokyo R1: A Bright Start for David

(Koji Watanabe/Getty Images)

It was David's first match in seven years at Tokyo but the Japanese crowd didn't get much of a chance to get used to the sight of him again on the Centre Court at the Ariake Colosseum. - For that it was all over too quickly.
In match that was just as one-sided as the scoreline suggests, David took only 49 minutes to defeat Lukas Rosol 6-1, 6-1.
In the second round on Thursday, he'll now face Ivan Dodig (currently ranked #35). It will be their first encounter.

After holding serve to love, David first broke Rosol in the second game, the only long and hard-fought service game of the entire match. Barely making any first serves initially, David still continued to cruise through his service games. After breaking Rosol again to go up 5-1, David easily closed out the first set on his first set point.

At the start of the second, David immediately broke serve again. Having raced to 4-0 lead, he briefly went down 0-30 in the following game but only to win the next four points. It was the only game where he dropped more than one point on serve. Finally, David broke one last time as Rosol was serving to stay in the match, converting his fourth match point.

(Reuters)
The stats, and unfortunately there's only the stats to look at, paint the picture of a match in which David was the utterly dominant and far better player. Dominant especially on serve - he dropped a total of only 6 points on serve in the whole match. Making up for his poor percentage of first serves in the first set by winning 90% of his second serves. David converted 5 of the 17 break points he had in the course of the match. And although that may seem like a bad percentage (and that he could've made the match even shorter and more one-sided than it already was), all those games where David had break points also ended with a break.
In short, a great start for David and a dominant performance. Though it has to be said that Lukas Rosol is more of a clay-courter and not the kind of player to really pose a threat to David on hardcourt. Still, David has every right to be happy and content with this match - and he is:
It was a very good first round. I feel that every day I’m getting better, so I’m happy with the play today. I didn’t start very well in the US Open Series, but week after week I’m feeling better, playing better and that’s the result today.
(source; thanks for the tip, Ashot)

Update (05/10)
News from the Davis Cup front. A little earlier than planned the news transpired via the Spanish press today that the RFET, Spain's tennis federation, has chosen Sevilla to be the host of this year's Davis Cup final. The decision still has to be approved by the ITF. But the Estadio Olimpico de Sevilla, normally a football stadium, has served as the venue of a Davis Cup final before. Back in 2004, it was there that Spain defeated the USA on a clay court built on the pitch, underneath a temporarily erected roof (as can be seen in this photo). A similar construction can be expected for this year's final.

28 comments:

  1. thank you Julia :)
    I love Monaco but it's better that David will eventually play Dodig, though it'll be their first encounter... No stream I suppose (?)

    "week after week, I'm feeling better", I like it when he says optimistic things.

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  2. No, looks like there won't be a stream for the Dodig match.

    But I can only recommend having a look at this clip. We've had Cilic and Gasquet before. But this one takes the prize... :)

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  3. OMG I so love Robin Haase's toughest opponent number 3!!!
    Thank you for the link :)
    Even if he's never played him before, seems like we can recruit Haase to become a VamosDavider lol.
    I appreciate the respect 'one of the best tennis players EVER'.
    Hopefully he'll have the chance to play David one day... with a David win of course.

    Aaaah Cilic said it too? (I'll check the video)
    Gasquet, I'm definitely not surprised :)

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  4. "The best player I've played in my life was Nalbandian in Paris" Awwww Gasquet :)

    and Cilic's 1-minute-speech about David out of 1minute30sec interview.

    David leaves a really tough impression on lots of players. I'm pretty sure he'd regularly be cited in the Toughest opponents if it was a Top5 list.

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  5. Cilic when he was like 17-18 played him in DC in Zagreb and got thumped something like 6-1,6-1,6-0.I think that is were he got the impression haha.

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  6. thanks julia for that particular clip. He didnt only say he was his toughest #3, he also said "although he didnt win majors like the other guys, his one of the greatest tennis players ever, and has a complete game."
    andvari knows ive always liked this guy, now i like him even more

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  7. Yeah, he seems like a nice guy and I had no idea that he's a fellow David fan. :)

    Apart from those clips there's also Karlovic who only faced David once (and lost) but called him the "toughest to play against" later in an interview. I mean, it always depends on the match-up and the results. But I guess the only one who really has reason to fear David is Gasquet. ;)

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  8. And I think this clip shows that he does fear him. (I've uploaded it on the occasion.)

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  9. Schedule is out for tomorrow. Nice late match, fourth on Centre Court.

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  10. Thanks. Yeah - late is good. :)

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  11. yay thank you, late is great indeed! I can't wait!!

    thank you Julia for the upload :) when Richard said "I will try my best" his face was not really convincing haha. David, clearly confident, of course!

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  12. Yeah, it's the contrast that I find so funny. Gasquet nervous and a bit daunted, David just cool... :)

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  13. Will there be streams?

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  14. It looks like there might be a stream for David's match after all, as Bet365 has it listed for tomorrow, along with all other CC matches. Even though on TTV it said that only 2 of tomorrow's matches will be streamed.

    But it looks like there's hope for tomorrow. :)

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  15. wow, can't wait to see how David wins the tournament :)
    I wonder if Fish is still in a top 5 level, probably yes.

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  16. Hey Julia, Aljazeera Channel has all the CC matches of thursday listed in their schedule.
    they broadcast both china and tokyo open, and lucky me, they haver tokyo on the free channel, becaise i dont get the plus channels in Beirut. I planned to watch the Murray match with a british murray fan girl here, the dodig match is a must win, dont ruin my date david, the girl is hot lol

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  17. Noubar that's a nice idea for a date! lol
    David has to win, he's one of best players EVER! does the girl know him? or is she only a Murray fan lol

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  18. Can somebody please help me? I downloaded the Troicki match and no media player can deal with it? Thanks for advice :)

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  19. Did you download and unzip both files (with WinRar or a similar program)? If so, you get a single .flv file that you can play with Flash-video compatible players, for example VLC.

    And good luck, Noubar. ;)

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  20. a british girl in Beirut? Noubar u must be lucky lol

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  21. just I saw the news that DC final will be hold in Sevilla, what does it mean, clay or hard court?

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  22. Spain at home = clay. Always.

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  23. Is that indoor or outdoor?

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  24. Indoors - more or less. I've added an update with a pic where you can see what it's going to look like.

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  25. Thanks I cant wait for the match with one of my other favs Dodig.

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  26. Yeah, late is good Julia, depending where you are in the world. Three two-hour matches with time in between puts it somewhere between 3:30 and 4:00 am where I am. Hope they're all marathons. Think I'll get up at 5:00 if there is a stream. Noubar, how are you going to temper your loyalty to David in order to keep the peace?

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  27. they probably won't make use of all those extra seats will they? It would be epic if they did!

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  28. This is how epic it's going to be.

    John, yeah, marathons would be fine by me too. Though I've got it easier here, in my time zone. :) But with those match-ups... Not so sure.

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