Monday, January 16, 2012

Australian Open R1 - David vs Jarkko Nieminen

(Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)
UpdateII
It's the result we were hoping for but this is certainly not the way it should've happened: At 6-4, 4-2 for David, Jarkko Nieminen was forced to retire with an abdominal strain after visibly struggling on serve and having called the trainer early on in the second set. A very unfortunate ending for what was a nice match in the first set.
In the second round on Wednesday David will now face 16th seed John Isner.

Edit: Recording and photos available now.
More soon...

(Getty Images; montage by VD)













Update
7.47pm local - David's match is up next on Margaret Court Arena.
6.40pm local - One more (WTA) match to go.
It's all taking a little longer at Margaret Court Arena today so the match will be delayed.

Today the 2012 season finally starts for David. But while for him this is going to be the first official match of the year, for his opponent Jarkko Nieminen it's already number eight - and that's only counting his singles matches. Having begun the season at Brisbane, Nieminen comes to Melbourne, fresh from having won the title at Sydney yesterday. But how fresh, really - that's going to be the question.

Apropos Sydney final - that was where David and Nieminen last met, back in 2009. The latest chapter so far in the long history that these two have together, having known each other since junior days. Out of their altogether eleven matches on the Tour, David won seven (and four out of the last five), including both of the two finals they were in together, Sydney 2009 and Estoril 2002, David's first ATP title.

But even though in recent years, David has done quite well against Nieminen, matches between these two tend to be tight affairs, with lots of long and hard-fought rallies. Watching this clip by Krystle (of the dramatic second-set tiebreak at Sydney 2009) will give you a good idea of what those rallies look like. And though Nieminen may not have a huge weapon and David usually deals with his lefty serve pretty well, the Finn's defense and smart way of placing of the ball, as well as his fighting spirit can mean trouble for David. Apart from that, Nieminen will be confident after having just won a title. But perhaps also a little tired.

29 comments:

  1. In switzerland the match would be probably shown on eurosport 2. On eurosport 1 they shown federer.

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  2. Hallo in die Schweiz aus Deutschland. :)

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  3. Julia, bist du im Februar ebenfalls in Bamberg?

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  4. Das habe ich vor. Aber jetzt wieder auf Englisch, okay? Wollte nur kurz hallo sagen. ;)

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  5. For the record, I'm still having computer problems here. So it might all get a bit chaotic today...

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  6. Hopefully Jankovic can make quick work of this 2nd set.

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  7. I'm still at work :( :( :(
    hopefully I'll get to watch it.
    I don't see David/Jarkko listed on LSH but I might be the same stream as MCA for Jankovic.

    Come on!!!

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  8. Janko is through and David can start!

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  9. stream for David is available!!!
    but... I can't watch at the office, a meeting right now :(

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  10. This guy always comments on Davids "mullet" haha.Jarkko looking really good,moves so well for 30.

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  11. Yes, he came good into the match.

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  12. Its become pretty scrappy now,but hopefully David can take the set.

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  13. Sad to see this happen but probably the best thing that could have happened to David.

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  14. Yeah... Still, poor Jarkko. :(

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  15. He was moving really good in the first set.Makes me scared about Davids schedule.I really hope he pulls out of that Sao Paulo tournament,especially if he can get some good points in Melbourne.

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  16. nalby play a good tennis. Congratulations

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  17. Poor Janko, yes, I didn't expect that happening in that moment.

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  18. I watched the match in Eurosport 2 and recorded it in HD.
    Not the way we wanted it to end, but the good part is, no exhustion for david, because like the commentator said, this is exactly the kind of match to go into a 5th setter.

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  19. If he gets through Isner he probably wont be tired for R3 as well.

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  20. nalby played some great ground strokes imo and constructed points well. we know why jarrko coughed up all those breaks in the second, but nalbandian should consolidate the break better to improve. Still, great start, and importantly, minimal fatigue or injury risk, keeping fingers crossed for fitness and health to continue throughout tournament

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  21. Good to know. :)

    Recording coming soon, too.

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  22. http://youtu.be/jYZ9oe0ujMQ

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  23. thank you Noubar for the highlights :)

    thank you Julia for the upload :)

    I missed out the whole match due to long meetings :( :( I only followed the scoreboard lol.

    now I can watch the details!

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  24. your most welcome Mira, dont forget to watch it in 480p resolution.

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  25. got you Noubar, David's highlights deserve 480p!
    Eurosport HD is awesome! they don't offer it here, I have Eurosport only, not on HD :(

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  26. Kohlschrieber beat Monaco,not good news for DC,Flo Mayer is out of the AO,not sure about Davis.This probably then makes the German singles Kohli and Petzschner?

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  27. Could be. But it's still some time until Bamberg. Maybe Flo can play, after all.

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