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.
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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.