"A free tennis lesson", "a lecture", "a display of his enormous talent". Those are some of the descriptions in the Argentine media of what David himself simply called "another great match" that he was "fortunately able to play", his 6-0, 6-3 quarterfinal victory over Carlos Berlocq in merely 61 minutes. In today's semifinal, however, a different kind of test is going to await him, in form of "the other David" Ferrer, the top seed at this event (match record: 5-7).
Last night, two games into the match, all streaming suddenly stopped. Apparently, the match was never supposed to be streamed on Tennis.tv (and the other sites, using their coverage) in the first place. But why it was still listed for a stream - I guess we'll never get to know.
So I can't tell you anything about this match, only that I was still frantically searching for another stream when a look at the scoreboard revealed that David had already taken the first set, 6-0 in what was something like 20 minutes. Apparently getting a little sidetracked after that, and suddenly finding himself down a break at the start of the second set, David levelled the score at 2-2. Having broken again for a 4-2 lead, he held but missed a couple of match points on Berlocq's serve at 5-3 before finally serving out the match, as can be seen in the clip above.
After the match, David was once more very happy with his performance. And he was also happy to have reached the semifinal and to get "another chance of doing it all again", playing in front of his home crowd. After "two very short seasons", during which it was "always very difficult to get any kind of ryhthm or continuity" he's now finally able to play more matches.
- And he's not the only one, who's happy about that.