Friday, February 17, 2012

São Paulo QF - David vs Filippo Volandri















Update
David's visit to São Paulo has ended with a defeat at the hands of Filippo Volandri, who prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 after two hours and 23 minutes and what seemed like somehwere around two hundred unforced errors from a very frustrated David.
His next tournament is now the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, the draw for which will be pulled tomorrow.



(GettyImages/AP Photo; montage by VD)













In today's quarterfinal, David gets to face an absolute clay-court specialist - Filippo Volandri, 30 years old like David. What Volandri has achieved in his career, he has achieved on clay. Whether the two titles he has managed to win or his biggest ever victory, against Roger Federer at the Rome Masters in 2007. And while he may not be a threat on faster surfaces, on clay he's still capable of playing well.

This will be David's fourth match against Filippo Volandri, and the fourth one that takes place on clay, with the Italian having won two of the previous three. But it's been almost six years since they last met. Volandri, currently ranked #69, has started this season by losing in the first round at four consecutive events. Including his first clay-court tournament this year, Viña del Mar (where he lost to Joao Souza).

What's going to await David in this match is an opponent who knows how to play a typical clay-court game with variety and using of the whole dimensions of the court. So David will have to be prepared to cover some ground. But if he can continue to play and serve the way he did yesterday, he'll have more than a good chance of keeping Volandri on the backfoot.

96 comments:

  1. I like the pictures :)

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  2. I couldn't find matching pics of David & Pippo, playing - so I went for those two, instead. ;)

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  3. Nice and simple analysis.
    I'll be watching this match live on Italian Supertenis TV. Hope David will not let me down specially that i have my last exam 9 am tomorrow morning, so he better let me go to sleep as early as possible,but with a smile on my face.

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  4. I think David should win this match.

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  5. Gasquet-Davydenko in Rotterdam is just amazing

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  6. good luck for your exam Noubar! hope David will do as quickly as possible, just like yesterday!

    so much for my sleep disorder, vamos David!!

    I haven't watched a match of Rotterdam tournament so far this week... probably the semis and final this weekend, too exhausted :/

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  7. that's more a poor match between Davydenko and Gasquet

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  8. Yes! It's not the annoying woman commentating :)

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  9. Well, settle in. Get the popcorn ready and play ball. Mira, do you ever sleep?

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  10. John, I try to :) I took a long nap a few hours ago, I'm more than happy David is playing now and not on 3am again haha.

    same here, I don't hear the annoying woman... :D

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  11. the streams are not hq in Sao Paulo, I can hardly see the ball this week.

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  12. I'm finding it very difficult to see the ball on the stream.

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  13. 2 very poor UEs, 0:30

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  14. I actually just "imagine" where the ball is landing just by watching their moves... no really it's difficult except when they call the umpire to check a mark :D

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  15. Well, you certainly are a trouper. Yes, it's nice there's a different commentator.

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  16. very good said Mira, I just do the same the whole week... well, since Wednesday :P

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  17. Most of the time I think I know where the ball is going, but then I feel weird if I see the replay and see that it went completely the other way.

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  18. 1st set in the pocket!!
    pretty much a typical clay court match with lots of moves and rallies.
    Vamos David!!!!

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  19. to many poor UEs from David which give Volandry more confidence

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  20. I saw pretty much nothing of this 1st set because I just cant find a steady stream.Glad David won it and lets get this one done in 2.

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  21. CastUp.TV on LSH is working good for me, Adrian.

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  22. why doesn't he play from the beginning of his serve so as when it is 0:40 or so??? One very bad error costed him that important game

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  23. I can't watch it any more

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  24. Well up till now Nalby's played okay. 1st set played with less unforced errors although this second one, wasn't up to his standard. Too many unforced errors. Volandri's playing some good shots and Nalby's movement needs to be better. Need an improvement in the decider! Vamos David! <3

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  25. Volandry is better playing than him

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  26. i dont understand david
    volandri is such a poor server and he does not use it to break him at will

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  27. because he doesn't play so good since his collape in first round. Before he played very well and won 80% of the rallies
    .... another gifted game

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  28. i cant believe he is missing those easy shots
    common doesnt he get tired of doing that and losing

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  29. so is it, you don't break, you get broken

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  30. volandry wins points from nowhere, David gifts him from nowhere

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  31. he cant lose to him please david
    if it was davis cup he would have crushed him
    he is a medicore player volandri

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  32. David has losed all important games where he should win since the end of first set.

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  33. those returns are awful
    i cant believe volandri looks better from the back of the court its a shame really

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  34. Of course he would win it in Davis Cup

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  35. i know what you mean. I'm watching this game and can't believe what i see. what is he doing??

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  36. you are probably right @julia...
    but it's hard to believe :D

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  37. He has played a lot of tennis of late. I guess it's catching up with him.

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  38. maybe... but it's not over yet. i still believe..

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  39. I hope you can take it easy Julia, you don't need to get nerved now, I for example get myself ill gradually watching this nerve killing match from David.

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  40. I'm too busy trying to maintain an upright position...

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  41. number 23425 simply error on the net, some of these errors costed him all important games in last more than an hour

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  42. julia in my opinion he didnt play allot of late
    4 singles and one doubles match is not too much

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  43. And I don't share that opinion.

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  44. Volandry plays better and better from point to point, in this moment he shows huge fighting tennis hardly making any errors tough he made some incredible shots... and he is still doing them with help from David

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  45. wasted game again, please don't lose your serve David

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  46. it's not over yet!!!

    it's just the ups and downs of David, nothing new, nothing "shocking" at this point...

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  47. is this Volandry or Nadal with his masce?

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  48. 2 time on the line winner from Volandry... now break point for Volandry after 15:40

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  49. It's a bit more than the usual ups and downs...

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  50. Volandry is fighting for every point, nothing is gifting but becoming gifts from David

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  51. i am starting to lose hope he will return to be the player he was

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  52. so annoying... he is gifting now the last game of the match

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  53. complettly gifted defeat from David

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  54. tough Volandry played very good

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  55. I think Volandri played really well.

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  56. so predictable of david to let us down again and again and again
    but i will always love him
    really should have won today and at least reach the final

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  57. damnnnn :( it's hard to accept that he loses this way after a good performance in previous rounds.
    I just hope there's nothing physically... anyway, David has accumulated lots of matches lately, one may think it's not that much, but considering his past in terms of health, yes it's a lot...
    and I'm not making excuses for him :(

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  58. To be honest, it was nerve-racking but it's sad to lose such a tight match. He didn't play great and possibly tired from the consecutive matches he's played recently. I thought he'd fight more than that in the last game but it wasn't meant to be. Now he can rest in Argentina and play his home tournament fit and ready. Vamos David! Nalby till I die <3

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  59. How could he have fought more? He did fight but didn't work out.

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  60. and one more thing
    i cant see a better draw than this for him and he still couldnt made it
    i am really worry for the rest of the season

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  61. Yep, maybe the pressure David puts on himself for DC and the previous two matches did catchup on him. Give credit where is due though, Volandri played well and he does have one helluva backhand...If David comes out of this with no physical harm, I'm good.

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  62. julia do you want me to stop commenting on the site?

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  63. i want david to win a grand slam
    i dont care much for the davis cup
    i dont think its that important as grand slams
    i want david to win another paris masters tournament and i will be satisfied

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  64. I'd like you to stop trash-talking other players for one thing.
    And I'd also be glad if there was the possibility for some sort of middle ground between "David is the best player ever" and (most of the time) "David is so horrible, I can't stand it anymore, I'll never watch again etc"...

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  65. Ah Julia, I didn't mean he didn't fight during the game, I meant that last game, it seemed he kinda gave up on it. Anyways, he needs some rest now before Copa Claro. We're all obviously dissapointed that he lost in this manner. But like John said Credit where credit's due, volandri did play well, especially that backhand. VD

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  66. ok i never meant harm to nobody julia
    i just want david to have is mark before retirement i cant have that feeling he will retire with no tournament win or great run at a slam
    and those losses are holding him back

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  67. Nah I'll always watch David no matter what and I believe he's a quality player, the most talented in the world. He does have good and bad days though. This wasn't a good one, that's it. Now some rest + he'll be back. VD <3

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  68. It's just that you're always negative. Whether he wins or loses doesn't even matter. And to be honest, I find that a bit tiresome.

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  69. to what he will be back george?

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  70. U talking to me? Coz I aint negative... about david

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  71. + isis - next week he's playin a tournament in Buenos Aires his home.

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  72. i think it's time to think about finishing the carier for David. i am his fan since his win against Federrer in Shanhai final, but now David can play two, maximum three plays in a raw.

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  73. He said he'll decide at the end of the year whether he'll play another one.

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  74. Ah alright then Julia. And look people, we're all Nalby fans so be happy, he lost end of, even if it was a bit dissapointing. Just movin on....

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  75. i am happy with every win i want his success and from past experience i watch his level of play more carefully

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  76. Yeah and he also said that if he feels good and no injuries this season, he'll play more :D

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  77. anonymous on the tour he is playing average but on the davis cup he is as good as anybody in the top 10
    anyway i do believe is level of play right now is in the top 20

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  78. i dont know how i will go to sleep
    i have such bad feeling right now

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  79. The point is - we don't know what's going to happen. How much longer he's going to be there.
    So why not enjoy the sight of him while we still can? Instead of always focusing on what should be or what could've been etc.

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  80. Yeah exactly 100% Julia, that's what I was thinking. He's already got limited time left, so let's enjoy it now, even if he does lose...

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  81. i guess you are wright julia
    its the feelings of me wanting his success that take a hold on me
    but i cant think of him retiring
    no other player as ever moved me like him
    i will just leave this sport for good

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  82. so true Julia.
    let's just enjoy his matches while he's still on tour.
    Nobody here is questioning his talent and his ability to beat anyone anywhere when he's at the top of his game. Now like I always said, it's not about his talent only, but everything else is now as much important as talent.
    He needs rest. We'll see next week ;)

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  83. isis, my opinion - david is now on his place in ranking, so pity. i don't bilive hi can win any title

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  84. Well, if David keeps playing as well as he has so far, it's better than last year. Except for Auckland. Ah yes, remember Auckland? The continued good health is what keeps me positive.

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  85. Too bad about today's loss, but a little rest for him after those matches and traveling from Germany will be good for him. I am really happy he is still injuryfree this season

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  86. It always hurts to see David losing, especially like this one, but we must try to recover from that as soon as possible and think about the future. Before next week I will past this defeat hopefully.

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  87. But it is really quite tough to play 5 matches in 7 days (with the first 2 matches being best-of-5-set matches), to someone who is prone to injuries.

    Perhaps he mainly ran out of gas mentally. It would be much better if he won in straigt sets. As the match went into the 3rd set, it is worrying, and indeed he lost at the end.

    But at least he is STILL making progress and improving!

    I hope he has enough energy + mental toughness to play in the next 2 weeks. [I actually suggest him to pull out of Indian Wells for some rest]

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  88. I'm sorry David couldn't get the win yesterday but I think he did very well to get to the quarter-finals this week straight after the DC tie and the long flight from Germany to Brazil.

    I hate to tempt fate and never think because he won the first set of a match that means he's home and dry. He's tired and needs a break.

    I agree with Julia, let's just enjoy watching David while we can, no matter whether he wins or loses. Once he's retired we'll all really miss him.

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  89. John, yeah - no news from the injury/physical problems department, so far. And that's no guarantee everything really is fine but I'll remain cautiously optimistic.

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  90. I agree joyce63, he did well to get that far. And he does deserve (and certainly need) a bit of a break now.

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