Monday, October 3, 2011

Tokyo R1 - David vs Lukas Rosol

(Yusuke Sato)

UpdateII (04/10)
A perfect start for David at Tokyo: It took him merely 49 minutes to dispatch Lukas Rosol 6-1, 6-1.
In the second round on Thursday he'll now face Ivan Dodig, who prevented a possible battle of the Davis Cup teammates by beating Juan Monaco 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(1). It'll be David's first encounter with Dodig.

More soon.

(Getty Images; montage by VD)

Update (04/10)
2.42pm local - David's match is now about to begin. - On the scoreboard.

This match won't take place until tomorrow, i.e. Tuesday, local time. But due to the time difference (and me, not being here tonight) I'm going to do things a little differently today by already posting this preview. Apart from that, there's already a lot to have a look at (see below).
- Which also serves as proof that this time, David has indeed undertaken the trip to Asia, starting with Tokyo. It's his first appearance at this event since 2004.

In his first match at Tokyo, David (still #64) gets to face a player he has never met before.
Lukas Rosol, ranked #77 as of this week, has spent most of this season playing Challenger events and preferably on clay. On this surface he has posted his best results, including two Challenger titles. And it was also on clay that he managed to pull off his biggest win this year, defeating last year's semifinalist Jürgen Melzer in the second round at Roland Garros (before losing to Juan Ignacio Chela in the third). It was the only time this season that Rosol made it past the second round at an ATP-level event. And he went out in the first round at the last four tournaments he played, including at Kuala Lumpur, last week (where he lost to Lukasz Kubot).

I'll admit that I've never seen Lukas Rosol play before so I can't say anything about his game, his strengths or weaknesses. And chances are that David doesn't really know anything about him, either. So he'll probably need a few games to see who and what he's dealing with. But whether it's going to be a slow start or a bright one for David in this match - the only way of following it will be the scoreboard.

Before the start of the tournament, David took part in a charity event yesterday for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11. A clip of it you can watch here (thanks, Ashot; photos on the Photo Page). There, David was presented with a grant from the ATP for his foundation, as part of the ATP Aces for Charity program. But also his training session at the Ariake Colosseum was the subject of much public attention and there are several videos of it.

Another clip you'll find here (thanks, Noubar) and here, plus the rest of the series the clip above is taken from: part1, part3, part4, part5 and part6.
Edit: Here's another clip of David, practicing his serve on an outside court.


  1. i feel optimistic abt tokyo.
    btw it looks like Rafa trained with David today as he writes on his official Facebook

  2. I must say I have a good feeling too.Something big is gonna happen,either in Tokyo or Shanghai.

  3. and I have a good feeling :)

  4. I just came back from night shift, just in time I see :) Hope I can sleep soon so David must be quick ;)

  5. The match before took ages... I got up too early. lol
    But at least he got the break there in the end.

  6. Ace on second serve :D

  7. Can only be second serve - he's at 22% first serves...

  8. 38% now. He's getting there. And another easy hold. :)

  9. And another break, this looks good

  10. It does. :)
    First set in the bag - 6-1.

  11. This is beginning to remind me of the early rounds of Washington from last year :)

  12. Yeah, it does... :)
    Just hope it stays that way.

  13. That was nice and quick :) Within 50 minutes! Thanks David, now I can go to sleep :D Goodnight/morning!

  14. good moning, the whole time of the match was played when I was on my way to school tough I arrived at school with 30 minutes delay lol
    David must have needed long to take the breaks lol

  15. Im from India and die-hard fan of David, thnks a lot for providing updates about David in this site !!!

  16. You're welcome. :)

    Ashot, we did have ten-minute game in the first set (first break David got). Without that one the match would've been even shorter. lol

  17. when does tv coverage start?

  18. As far as I know, streaming will start on Thursday with two matches, then everything from QF on.

  19. YAY David!!!
    I wish we could watch him dismantling his opponent!

    Nice warm-up. I feel reassured though it was "just" Rosol (who I've never seen playing)

  20. After a good succesful Davis Cup performance I was optimistic that David will continue his good performances, I had the same expection like last year before Washington, and it was the same David with even the same blue T-shirt from last year's Washington and maybe even with better serve :)

  21. Well, we'll have to see what the next round brings. When David will be tested a lot more than he was today. Still, it was important for him to catch such a good start.

  22. some report and quotes on Eurosport:
    Argentina's David Nalbandian looked back to his old street-fighting best in a 6-1 6-1 win over Czech Lukas Rosol.

    The former world number three, fresh from helping his country beat holders Serbia to reach the Davis Cup final against Spain, took just 49 minutes to advance to the second round.

    Mercilessly punching winners past a deflated Rosol, Nalbandian could afford to let three match points slip away before a backhand error gave him victory.

    "Week after week I'm feeling better and playing better," said Nalbandian, whose ranking has slipped to 64th after groin and leg surgery in March. "I played a great match."

  23. yessss
    nalbandian is back to flying on the court
    i want him to punish murray

  24. I feel Baghdatis could surprise Murray.When it comes to Dodig,hes a fighter who feeds of rhythm which David will give him and will look to counter punch.He also has a pretty big serve for a smaller guy.Hes pretty much a poorer version of Hewitt,it not gonna be easy.