Saturday, February 25, 2012

Copa Claro SF - David vs David Ferrer

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Update II
This time, the Battle of the Davids wasn't really a battle... As it took "the other David" Ferrer only 64 minutes to beat David 6-1, 6-4. After a terrible and very nervy start, David was just beginning to find his way into the match when a rain delay stopped play.  And when the match finally continued, it was back to the way things had begun...

More tomorrow plus the draw for Acapulco.


(ESPN/Reuters; montage by VD)














Update
7.41pm local. Nicolas Almagro has defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in the first semifinal of the day. Next up now: The Battle of the Davids...

After beating two fellow Argentines in a row, in the semifinal today David gets to face a fellow David: 29-year-old David "Ferru" Ferrer, ranked #5 and the top seed of the tournament. At the PlayStation, the two Davids are a team but when they get to face off on the tennis court it usually means - a battle.

This is Ferrer's third event of the season and the first one on clay, after having successfully defended his title at Auckland and then lost in the quarterfinal at the Australian Open (to Novak Djokovic). At the Copa Claro this week, Ferrer has had it easy so far with victories over Argentine juniors Andrés Molteni and Facundo Bagnis (you may remember them from their stints as hitting partners for the Davis Cup team) before beating Fernando Gonzalez, currently on his goodbye tour, in the quarterfinal yesterday.
For the two Davids, this is encounter number thirteen, with their history on court spanning almost a decade by now and including matches at Masters events, Slams and in Davis Cup. The overall match record stands at 7-5 for Ferrer. But although David won three out of the last four meetings, on clay it's been Ferrer, who has held the upper hand, in all of their four encounters on clay, so far.

Matches between these two tend to be battles. They usually involve a number of breaks on both sides as well as plenty of long, very gruelling rallies and if the match doesn't end in the straights, whoever manages to take the first set prevails in the end. - Those are the empiric facts from past editions. So far this week, David has done exceptionally well, playing with the kind of controlled aggression that has allowed him to keep the rallies (and the matches) short. Today, he'll meet someone who will make that very difficult for him and who won't let him get away with sloppy service games. Ferrer is the favourite to win this match but if David can keep up his level and with the support of the crowd - perhaps anything is possible.

95 comments:

  1. I'm so excited. I missed the new shirt last time so I'm a bit curious..
    Hopefully it's gonna be a great match with a good result

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  2. I know that there are pics with the new shirt :) but i'm curious anyway :D

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  3. nice preview with the perfect montage of forehand pictures :)

    Almagro/Wawrinka still on court, David watching the match live, funny to see him there...

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  4. Marion, the new shirt looks better on video, you'll see later :) even when with lots of sweat... haha :D

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  5. Ok Mira. I'll see...
    But if it was up to me he doesn't need a shirt at all :D
    no just kidding ...

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  6. Hello guys, I just came home. I was away since yesterday and didn't watch the match but how I see I was not the only one who missed it lol. Anyway, it looks like David is playing great tennis at the moment. I can't wait to see the next match against number 3 on clay. I have only watched the first set of first round this week but I hope I still didn't miss the most important match of the week. Vamos David!

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  7. Almagro just won a great match. I finally saw the new Yonex shirt on Wawrinka, David is definitely better with Topper now <3

    Battle of Davids next!!!!

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  8. You could see both Davids watching the game. While "our" David seemed to be pretty relaxed the other one looked a little tensed up :D
    So right now i just can come with Ashot and say: Vamos David! :)

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  9. again one of these terrible service games from David where he gifts his opponent the break.

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  10. nalbandian is looking very bad at the moment
    i hope he regroups

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  11. its amazing with him
    one day he is awesome
    the other he plays like a top 200

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  12. Ferrer looks too good for him today, he even dominates the rallies.

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  13. It does play a role who's on the other side of the net.

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  14. But it's not anybody on the other side - it is David Ferrer. You don't beat him incidentally.
    You must be willing to take risks. Whether it works or not.. :)

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  15. he's playing a terrific Ferrer, let's not forget about it.
    Still, vamos David!!! your serve, please, your serve!!

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  16. same thought Julia :D

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  17. i agree ferrer is tough on clay but 15 unforced errors in 20 minutes?
    nalbandian is not playing well ferrer is in his usual consistent form

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  18. i agree ferrer is tough on clay but 15 unforced errors in 20 minutes?
    nalbandian is not playing well ferrer is in his usual consistent form

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  19. This is a very big match for him.

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  20. And there's such things as nerves.

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  21. It's only the first set.. game's not over yet.. :D so don't become desperate yet.

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  22. And now we have a sandstorm on court...

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  23. OMG this wind is impressive. And my stream just died :/

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  24. stream dead again unbelievable

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  25. But this time it's a technical problem...

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  26. stream dead, probably because of bad weather

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  27. yes, Julia technical problem, the match is going on on the scoreboard :(

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  28. problem fixed :D

    back to Vamos "our" David!!!

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  29. fixed it.. nothing happened :D

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  30. Its back!! Look, he didnt play a great first set, but now he's still got a shot at it in he second. Ferrer's always tough tho!! Vamos David!!

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  31. I hoped that David has broken him, but it can be the opposite now.

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  32. "our" David.. what else :D

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  33. And now its rain delay :(

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  34. oh no, it will bad to play tomorrow 2 matches, I hope they can play soon again.

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  35. stream back but play suspended :/

    wait and see...

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  36. who can translate what he said?

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  37. it's raining a bit, but they don't seem to cover the court... I hope they still can play tonight!!

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  38. The announcer said that due to the weather play is currently suspended. The match will continue as soon as the weather allows it.

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  39. This court doesn't get covered. ;) But the rain will make the court slower and that won't help David.

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  40. Come to think of it, during the week the weather was almost too good to be true.

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  41. But they're already preparing the court again.

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  42. definitely a bad timing for our David. He seemed to be back on track in the second set though he hasn't broken yet.

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  43. Yeah, and to start again now at 30-30... I hope he can hold serve.

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  44. The rain delay really couldn't have come at a worse moment...

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  45. another terrible service game

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  46. such a disappointment
    what an awful performance really
    i felt he played great until now
    and it seems he is going backwards

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  47. for Ferrer no problem the rain delay, but for David it ruined his form from the begin of the second set.

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  48. you have to be more confident Isis. It's David Nalbandian. You never know :D That's why we like him!?They are still playing. :D

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  49. Of course it's easier for Ferru. He's leading by a set.

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  50. Ferru can play great on any type of clay court, especially after a rain delay.
    Hold David!!!!!

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  51. some great vibes from the crowd now!!!

    vamos David!!!

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  52. well.. did't work out today :(
    but i still like the new shirt.. althoug it's sweaty :D

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  53. its sad for tennis that nalbandians talent is losing to a player as limited as ferrer
    i know ferrer is in good shape and all but nalbandian should have done allot more he played 20 percent the ability he can
    im really sad right now
    ferrer is not the best in the world
    not even close

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  54. Isis - stop complaining when he starts losing, even though today he weren't as good, it was tough conditions and the rain delay didn't help. He played good this week and today it wasn't good enough against someone like Ferrer. He'll be back next week though, so heads up people!! Vamos David

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  55. its not usual for david to play so poorly in front of his home crowd

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  56. Tough loss, but on clay in these conditions Ferer is just too good. Maybe if David keeps getting better this season he can challenge guys in the top 10 during this year.

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  57. Ferrer, limited? he was all over the court, as usual. Talent is not always enough to counter that.

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  58. Couldn't agree more George :D

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  59. You really don't ever under any circumstances cut him any kind of slack, do you, isis...

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  60. adrian david played top ten tennis this week until this game so he should win against those guys in the top ten
    i wish more for wins against the top 4

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  61. julia i think david agrees with me that today he played bad
    and he should have done better
    because he is after all a better player than ferrer
    ferrer is great against who ranks below him but against the top 4 he is pathetic

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  62. Isis, he played Top 10 in his previous matches because his opponents let him play like a Top10, and let's be real, Berlocq is not in Ferrer's league.

    No really, I'm just disappointed by the rain delay, David is the kind of player who needs more games to settle in the match when he plays against Top10 guys, this one was just too quick :(

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  63. Sometimes you just try and it doesn't work. Especially at home I am sure David tried his best, but you can only play as good as your opponent let you play. And today wasn't one of his best matches. So what?? World still revolves.
    I am looking forward for the next matches, especially as long as there are matches with David :D

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  64. No, I think he's super happy with the way the match turned out and with having tormented his fans once again...

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  65. i hope he can do great things in the masters events
    is he going to have a wild card in indian wells after all?

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  66. Haha cheers Marion

    Yeah isis, but David hasn't played continuously for a long time and although he is undoubtbly more talented than Ferrer, Ferrer's the fitter player at the moment, more consistent and probably had much more in the tank than David did. Today obviously wasn't great, but he's been playing good recently so stop bein negative and just appreciate that ur watching him play with no injuries. The rest will come

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  67. he beat simon number 12 he beat monaco 20 so it should say something
    he surely playes top 20 level right now
    he beat mayer as well number 15
    so he did win against high ranked players

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  68. Hi all, it's been a long time since I posted here!
    Well, David should be proud of himself this week. He's been progressing well..slowly but well. This week I've seen him play great tennis, some flashback from the good old days reminding me why I love watching Nalbandian play ;) There's no shame in losing to Ferrer on clay...he's always given David trouble even at his best days.
    The good thing is that David's game is improving and he's slowly getting back on track without injuries :)
    Also another good thing is that by reaching the SF at Buenos Aires he moves 15 places up in the ranking to #70 :)) (according to this website http://live-tennis.eu/)
    Thought of spreading some positive energy after the loss today ;)
    Hope David does better next week in Acapulco :)
    Good night/morning all :)

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  69. So because he beat the #20 he has no right to lose a difficult match to the #5.

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  70. Lol at the sarcasm Julia

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  71. Hi Noha - yeah, it seems that we can use some positive energy. :)

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  72. i agree he can lose but it wasnt a difficult match it was an easy one for ferrer if it werent the rain delay it could have been 40 minutes long match

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  73. yeah, thanks Noha, rankings now important as ever this year.
    Good news to soothe us from the loss ;)

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  74. Isis, it was an easy one for Ferru because he was up a set when the pause came. It was a difficult match for David because of the expectations at his home event, because he was playing Ferru, someone he never beat on clay and because the rain delay came just when he found his way into the match.

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  75. julia i just wish for him grear success this season because i dont want him to retire so every match is important for me

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  76. Guys, what's ur fave David match of all time if u had to pick one?

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  77. because i have a feeling if he wont get to the top 20 this season he will retire

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  78. Well, we all care about each and every match. But you certainly have a very special way of showing it.

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  79. Whether he will play another year will depend on whether he can play a normal season without too many injuries, this year.

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  80. nalbandian - federer masters 2005
    or
    nalbandian federer paris 2007
    hard to pick
    but the best set iv seen him play is
    against davydenko paris 2008
    6-1 stunning performance

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  81. Yeah he was on amazing form at the end of 2007, absolute quality. Yeah that match against federer in paris he played at his very best, you can see it over and over again and it doesnt get boring. Yeah 2005 shanghai was also amazin, especially coming from 2 sets down against federer

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  82. And who was the only player who managed to take a set off David during that amazing week at Paris? Not Federer, not Rafa but - Ferru. :)

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  83. julia i am starting to believe you have something for ferrer
    nalbandian would be very sad (:

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  84. Yeah, I'm actually a Ferru fan. This blog is just a brilliant disguise...

    Ferru has always been a difficult match-up for David. It's as simple as that.

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  85. on hard courts david leads the head to head no?

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  86. What would happen if David made it to the SF or F of Acapulco and since he is formally on the IW qualifying list and he cant even make it, does he get a spot in the main draw.

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  87. His name is no longer on the qualifying entry list so he'll either get a WC or he's going to skip IW.

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