David's run at the Copa Claro continues: It took him just over an hour today to defeat Carlos Berlocq 6-0, 6-3. In the semifinal tomorrow, it'll now be time for another Battle of Davids, when David gets to face the top seed David Ferrer.
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9.03pm local. The first match of the evening session has just finished. Next up now: David.
It's quarterfinals day at the BALTC and for David that means it's time to play another match against a fellow Argentine - Carlos "Charly" Berlocq, 29 years old and currently ranked #43.
A ranking that's mostly the consequence of his results on clay and especially at clay-court Challengers (of which he won five last season).
After second-round exits at Auckland and at the Australian Open, and now back on his favourite surface again, Berlocq was a finalist at Viña del Mar (lost to Juan Monaco). Last week, he reached the quarterfinal at São Paolo, where he was defeated by Nicolas Almagro, the eventual champion. This week at the Copa Claro, Berlocq caught a bit of a rough start against Pere Riba but after losing the first set in a tiebreaker he then went on to bagel Riba in sets two and three. And afterwards in the second round, Berlocq dispatched third seed Gilles Simon even more easily than David did, last week.
David and Charly Berlocq have met twice, so far. Both matches took place on clay and both times David won in the end. But while their first meeting at Roland Garros 2008 was rather one-sided, and Berlocq virtually chanceless, their second meeting at Santiago last year went the distance, after David "lost his focus" in the second set and was also struggling a bit in what was his first match on clay, last year. A problem he won't have, this time around.
Berlocq is a clay specialist and he has shown himself to be in good form of late. Still, if David can manage to play anywhere near as well as he did against Pico last night then he should have a more than decent chance of winning this match.
Edit: To pass the time until the match and in case you've always wanted to know who David thinks should play him in a movie: "60 seconds with David Nalbandian" on the Davis Cup website.