It was a good start for David's week at the BALTC and his Copa Claro campaign, against a somewhat overexposed opponent and with, of course, the support from his home crowd. After merely 81 minutes, David sealed an easy 6-2, 6-3 victory over Wayne Odesnik (the last two points of which you can see in the clip above). In the second round tomorrow however, a much tougher test awaits when David gets to face fifth seed Juan Monaco.
Early on in the second set, David broke again to go up 2-1. But instead of building on this lead, David dropped serve in the next game, in the course of the only poor service game he played in this match. With the score levelled at 2-2 then followed the longest and most dramatic game of the match. Odesnik was already up 40-15 before David took him back to deuce and eventually, after a lengthy deuce battle managed to break back again for 3-2. After that, David was back on track again, cruising through his service games and finally breaking Odesnik again to take the match. 6-3.
At no point during this match, not even when David dropped serve or during the epic game that followed was the outcome in any kind of doubt. Simply because Odesnik didn't have the weapons to really put David under pressure. Instead, at times David seemed to be struggling more with the wind than with his opponent, especially when serving. After identifying Odesnik's backhand as his weaker wing, David tried to exploit that weakness, which led to plenty of cross-court exhanges and plenty of forehands that David had to hit in the process, including various forehand errors. But apart from that it was a very good and solid match from David, one that gave him the opportunity to experiment a bit during the rallies. And especially his backhand and approaches to the net were working very well. All in all - a very good start.
David himself was happy with his performance too, saying that he played "a good match" and that "playing at home and getting supported by the crowd is always nice". And playing at this event, at the BALTC is "something special". The conditions were a little difficult but he "played more solidly" than his opponent and of course he was "very happy to have won". About his upcoming encounter with Juan "Pico" Monaco David said it's going to be a "special match", one that comes very early in the second round but in any case it's going to be "a tough match" because "Pico has been playing well" and they know each other very well but he believes it'll be a "nice match", for the two of them as well as for the crowd.
Well, I think that most of all, it's going to be a very tough match for David.
P.S. What David also said in the post-match interview was that Odesnik was a difficult opponent for him because he knew "absolutely nothing" about him. So much for David, having at least heard of Odesnik before...
It was clear before but now it's official - David gets a wildcard for Acapulco (source).