Perhaps David's schedule was a little too ambitious after all... In any case, his streak of consecutive clay-court matches has now been stopped at match #10, with a defeat at the hands of Santiago Giraldo, who won 6-2, 6-2 in an hour and 20 minutes. Whether David ran out of steam, whether it was a bad day that he had or whether there was more to this defeat
- I'll try my best to find out.
Post and pics tomorrow...
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3.17pm local - David's match is now about to begin...
It's the last week of the Golden Swing and this week traditionally belongs to the 500 event in Acapulco. The "Golden Swing's crowning jewel", as the ATP website still insists on calling it. Some things apparently never change. But what's different about Acapulco this time is David's name in the draw and on the order of play for today.
For the first time since hip surgery David has now played two clay-court events in a row (plus a Davis Cup tie) without getting injured. That's nine consecutive matches on clay and counting, when during the last two seasons he never managed more than four until the next injury. At Melbourne, David said he had a feeling that this could be a better and more regular season for him. And it looks like was right. So after having had to pull out the last two years, today David will play his first match at Acapulco since 2009.
24-year-old Santiago Giraldo, currently ranked #80 (his best ranking was #44, last year), hasn't been too successful during the Golden Swing so far, going out in the first round at both Viña Del Mar and São Paolo. With his only victories on clay this year having come in Davis Cup, where he played for Colombia against Ecuador (America Group I). Giraldo had his best result at his first event of the season, with the quarterfinal he reached in Brisbane, followed by second-round exits at Auckland and the Australian Open. But judging by his results, Giraldo can do well both on hardcourt and on clay, and he was a quarterfinalist at Acapulco, last year (lost to Nicolas Almagro).
David and Santiago Giraldo have never met before, at least not to play an official match (they went on the visit to the samba school in São Paulo together). And I must admit that my knowledge about Santiago Giraldo and his game is rather limited...
But unfortunately, that's not going to change today, as there will be no stream for this match, only the scoreboard.
Edit: You may have seen it, Blogger has revamped the layout of the comments page - and not really for the better, as far as I'm concerned. Therefore, I've changed the settings so that if you open them, the comments will now appear on the front page, below the respective post. And it's now also possible to reply directly to specific comments. I hope you'll like it. :)