Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tokyo R2 - David vs Ivan Dodig

(Koji Sasahara/AP Photo)

UpdateII (06/10)
He made things more difficult for himself than they would've needed to be, getting broken serving for the first set as well as for the match. But in the end, David secured a 7-6(2), 6-2 victory over Ivan Dodig and a place in tomorrow's quarterfinal. There, his opponent will be second seed Andy Murray.

Some photos from the match now on the Photo Page.

Recording now available via David on Screen.


More soon...





(Getty Images/Reuters; montage by VD)














Update (6/10)
5.16pm local. The third match on Centre Court has just finished. Next up: David and Dodig.


It's still Wednesday, where I'm writing this. But in Tokyo it's already Thursday - the day of David's second round match. Just like in the first round, he's up against a player he has never met before. But this time one who's 29 positions ahead of him in the rankings and who likes to play on hardcourt.

Ivan Dodig used to be the kind of player who mostly plays Challenger events and occasionally manages to make it through qualifying at ATP-level tournaments. Ranked more or less far away from the Top100 - until this year. As of this week, Dodig is ranked #35. After winning his first ever title at Zagreb (plus another final, a semifinal and a quarterfinal). In short, Dodig is playing the best season of his career. The biggest headlines, however, he made two months ago when he defeated Rafael Nadal in the second round at Montréal. But since then it's been early exits for Dodig.

I haven't seen much of Ivan Dodig but I watched most of his match against Nadal. That was Dodig playing at his very best and I'm not sure he will be again in this match. Still, this will be a different kind of test for David than Rosol in the first round. Dodig is a fighter and he defends well. At the same time he's able to pull the trigger on his groundstrokes, especially his backhand, if he gets the chance. During his match against Nadal he also mixed things up by coming to the net. And Dodig has a good serve - and a somewhat unorthodox serve motion. Whether that's going to make it more difficult for David to get a read on his serve and how he's going to deal with Ivan Dodig and his game - the match will give the answers.

Last but not at all least, the good news: There will be streams for this match.

57 comments:

  1. So it looks like they will be streaming every match in Tokyo today?

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  2. Yep. Don't know why they've changed it but they have. :)

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  3. They streamed a couple of 2nd round matches last year

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  4. Oh wait, I mean televised. Doesnt necessarily mean streamed lol

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  5. It said before that they'd stream only two matches today and normally, the number of matches only gets decreased sometimes, not increased. So that was a nice surprise. :)

    Anonymous, yep. ;)

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  6. Im watching Raonic vs Nadal and I cant see a way he doesnt win a GS after Djokovic,Nadal,Murray and Fed decline a little bit,in about 3-4 years.

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  7. yaaaay a stream for David/Dodig!
    I have time to get some work done before they start, hopefully right during my lunch break haha :)

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  8. yay thanks for the update, Julia!
    David time in a few minutes!!!!
    a bit earlier than I expected but... my work will have to wait lol.

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  9. It's amazing how commentators always say the same things about David. Such a talented player, such a beautiful tennis and all...
    Not surprising but it's always a pleasure to hear that :)

    warm up is over. Come on David!!!!

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  10. Never really thought David has a mullet hahahaha.

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  11. hahaha Adrian! the way the commie said it, so serious lol

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  12. Amazing stuff,from Jason and David haha.

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  13. David's backhand down the line gets him the break.

    it's the first I'm watching Dodig play. He serves pretty big but nothing serious to bother David... hopefully.

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  14. Hes a fighter,hes gonna give it all every point.

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  15. Dodig breaks back. I won't comment anymore... haha.

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  16. I must say Dodig is serving even better than he usually does.

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  17. these 2 forehands by Dodig. Wow

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  18. David must play to his backhand mostly, now 0:30

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  19. That was a amazing game by Dodig.

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  20. Throughout his career, I'd say his hold percentage after breaking serve has been about 40%

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  21. no first serve in this important moment and Dodig plays his best games in straight, 0:40

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  22. he needs first service finally, but a good one

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  23. He couldnt have done nothing in the last game.

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  24. Making a first serve when break point down would've been a start.

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  25. this is very miserable

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  26. with his normal good serve David wouldn't get broken in this set. This is not the David I have imagined after his first round.

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  27. Whats up with you Ashot,what has he done so badly this set?

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  28. I don't like tiebreaks... but come on David!!!!

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  29. oooooh what an error, 0:15 again

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  30. Adrian, bad service, UEs in some important moments, and 2 times got broken immediately after he broke himself, Dodig played good in last game of David, but he would win it if had some first serves in the points he lost, but he had no one, oh, I didn't see how he made the mini break for 1:0 lol

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  31. I mean,I really enjoyed the tennis.I think they are both playing good.Dodigs no challenger clay specialist from Bolivia so that we can think that he should stream roll by 2 and 3.Dodigs about 30th in the world.

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  32. first first service after an age lol

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  33. I agree tho hes not making 1st serves,but hey,when does he haha.I guess Im so used to it I dont even consider it as something bad.

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  34. at least he still has a chance to win this match in straight sets despite the fact that his 1st serve is pretty bad on some games...

    nice lob.

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  35. did David just say something like "mia puta madre" ??? hahaha

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  36. Nice jumping backhand,Safin style.

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  37. well done david, that backhand at 30-0 was super

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  38. Hmm,kind of spoiling the finish a little bit.Good thing he got the double break.

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  39. Nice win and really good tennis imo.Also the first time this season since Auckland hes won 3 matches in a row!

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  40. good job David.

    Noubar, looks like you'll have another date with the British girl for the quarterfinals vs. Murray haha :)

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  41. David really could win this tournament, great 2nd set vs Dodig.

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  42. after the first set my stream froze and I had to leave my classroom because I had 2 free lessons but nowhere outside of classroom in the school I could connect my laptop with WLAN, but I had the luck that the coold room with lots of computers was free lol, and when I opened the stream it was 4:1 30:40 for David on Dodig's serve. His last return game was enough to see that he was hitting the ball much cleaner and returning very well, but the serve lol, after 0:30 he wins 3 points in a row and then 2 double faults and a second serve.
    He is not allowed to gift his service games in next matches

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  43. yes Mira, thanks to david, am gna have a date with the British girl, although she is in a difficult position as she is a nalby fan (and watched him in wimbly twice this year)but also and not surprisingly she is a Murray fan. So well see how i will deal with her tomorrow lol

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  44. lol Safin style backhand?
    I have watched Safin at the MC in the end of 2004 for the first time, but I have enough seen a jumping backhand from him but he was mostly failing, but David has always done it very well, last time it was in Basel against Cilic I think, you remember that probably.

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  45. Well Safins jumping backhand usually being a fail is arguable haha.When it comes to that shot the person I usually associate the shot with is Safin,but yeah Davids known for it too.

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  46. I think Marcelo Rios was the pioneer for the jumping backhand.

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  47. michael chang as well

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  48. has someone recorded the match?

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  49. I'm uploading it right now. That takes a while.

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  50. "michael chang as well"

    Oh yes, definitely - he was the first player I remember seeing doing that.

    Dodig is one of the very few players I dislike, so I'm glad David has got rid of him.

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  51. Woah, David looks so old in this new photo

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  52. Dodigs amazing imo,interestingly enough one of the players I dislike the most on tour is one of your favorates(Murray) Istabarq ,while Dodig is probably my no.2 or 3 haha.

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  53. bfb, I'd say he looks unusual - because he isn't making his typical "I'm hitting a backhand face" in that one... lol

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  54. Lopez and Verdasco lost their 1st match in China Open in doubles...looks like they`re not playing good now-a-days as a team.....so good signs for Argentina in Davis Cup !!! haha :D

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