Thursday, February 16, 2012

São Paulo R2 - David vs Gilles Simon















Update
I was expecting a long match and a tough test for David but in the end, it was all over after only 68 minutes. That was all it took David to beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-2.
In the quarterfinal tomorrow he will now meet Filippo Volandri (match record 2-1 for the Italian).
Report and photos tomorrow...


(Getty Images; montage by VD)














11pm local - David's match will now soon begin. At last...

In today's second round David gets to face another player from France. Only that this time it's the second seed at this event, Gilles Simon. If their two encounters so far are anything to go by then this match could go the distance and involve lots of protracted baseline rallies. But whether David will be up to this kind of test today, especially physically - that is the question.

Playing his first ever Golden Swing, Gilles Simon (ranked #12), has had a good start into this season, with two semifinal appearances (at Brisbane and Montpellier), though at the Australian Open he already went out in the second round. For Simon, it's the first clay-court event of the year but even if his most memorable matches took place on hardcourt, he has altogether four clay-court titles to his name.

This is going to be the third meeting between David Gilles Simon. Both of the previous two took place in 2010 and on hardcourt. In the quarterfinal at Washington, on his way to the title, David prevailed after dropping the first set. Around three months later, in the second round at Montpellier, he served for the match in the second set before eventually losing in three. Both of these matches saw various breaks of serve, as well as plenty of long rallies. And chances are that this will be a very tough match for David. But he seems optimistic:
It's going to be another nice match. We know each other well.
(Source.)

46 comments:

  1. i think that david needs to win in straights or he will lose the match, because playing with simon over 3 sets is always exhausting and he won't be able to do it now. anyway, it is a real test against the world #12.

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  2. David needs to win the 1st set. I think he can resist a 3-set match but it'll be tough in the next round.
    So basically, yes, win the 1st set, win the rallies from the baseline but manage to shorten them as much as possible...

    see you all later!

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  3. Its going to be a nice match.
    btw today, on my way to university at the check point, the officer found a racket on my back seat and asked me if i watch tennis. When i asked him abt his fav player, he said Djokovic, and just before i leave he said, but i cheer for nalbandian long time ago, too bad what injuries did to him. And just then, he made my day. I wonder if i should've told him abt VD.
    Fire in the hall, ow wait ill be right there just let me check VD first hehe.

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  4. Hahaha quality Noubar, it is pretty nice feeling whenever i hear his name from someone. No one at my school hardly knows nalbandian, I taught them though, most of them aren't even interested in tennis haha

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  5. Noubar, VD should always be checked first. ;)
    Maybe you'll see that officer again and get another chance to tell him.

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  6. Verdasco match was long, so nalby match a bit delayed :( Need this match to finish quick!

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  7. Is David's match really over 2 hours behind schedule? It's after Chardy and Mayer, I presume. Great story, Noubar.

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  8. John, David is scheduled after Mayer/Chardy, we'll have to wait at least one hour more... :( (2 am here haha)

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  9. Ouch, Mira. I had to go to a late lunch and was afraid I'd miss the first hour and a half of it. It's only 4:15 pm here.

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  10. well John, you have time for a little post-lunch nap haha :)

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  11. Mira, I saw u on twitter, I mentioned u while doing a tweet about nalby! Kevork_7 is me if u saw... :)

    I'm gunna be fuming if Chardy/Mayer goes to a third

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  12. I just tried the links on sportlemon but no one works for me. The first 2 streams show only white background, the others can't load because of the too high requested quality. Can you try them and tell me if they work for you, please?

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  13. especially the first 2 streams which don't appear on my computer

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  14. Ashot, this one looks alright. Just wait a few seconds for the ad to close

    http://www.lshunter.tv/index.php?option=com_lsh&view=lsh&event_id=82410&tv_id=342&tid=27535&channel=0&tmpl=component&layout=popup&Itemid=327

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  15. thanks, but work the streams I mentioned for you?

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  16. Yeah I tried the first one out of the 4 and it worked :)

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  17. tell me also if this stream works for you, please --> http://www.lshunter.tv/index.php?option=com_lsh&view=lsh&event_id=82409&tv_id=342&tid=27492&channel=0&tmpl=component&layout=popup&Itemid=327

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  18. Ohhh ffs 1 set all, this is gunna be a long night

    Yes it worked mate

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  19. the last link works for me, Ashot.

    yaay George, I replied to your tweet :)

    and nooooo a 3rd set... 3:20am here, fortunately it's Friday so I can work later haha

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  20. about 5 hours ago my computer installed new updates and since then now already 3 times I restarted my computer because some things on internet didn't work. I just did it again and it works for me too now, thanks anyway guys

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  21. we must live with that commentator voice again)))

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  22. Yeah shocking, and Mira, cool :) I followed u, at least someone I follow talks about nalby :) haha

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  23. I hope the commentator will go away after this match, I think so

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  24. almost 4am I can't believe I'm still up haha.

    game set match Mayer and I've put the sound on again, ughhh annoying commie voice is still there...

    David up next!!!!

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  25. Mira, you should go sleep much earlier and set the alarm clock on 4am :)

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  26. yes Ashot :) I should've done that. Actually I set the alarm for 1:30am but then it turned out the other matches finished late :( and I stayed up the whole time haha.

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  27. Yeah the commentator's voice is sooooo annoyingly high pitched

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  28. our favorite voice is here again))))))

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  29. hahaha at least she'll keep us wide awake!
    enjoy the match everyone, my fingers can't type anymore lol :)

    VAMOS DAVID!!!!

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  30. ou, what a chance to go up 2 breaks, but he wasted it

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  31. but he is not playing good from the beginning like yesterday in the begin and in the Davis Cup

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  32. Simon knows how good he must serve his second serve lol

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  33. David manages to take the 1st set with the help of Simon's serve...

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  34. Now, hold again. Let's make this an easy evening.

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  35. I can hardly see the balls because of the same colour as the ash :)

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  36. Good win in the end. He was solid throughout, now will go to bed comfortably. Good night everyone (:

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  37. could have played better but i will take a win every time
    david seems to be wanting it more on the tour
    it makes me happy
    anyway some amazing shots from david
    i hope he can improve in consistency

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  38. great win in straight sets over a top 15 player.
    really that was good, even if he benefited from Simon's poor serve. But still, he knew how to take advantage of it today <3

    great display of some good shots

    5:30am here, good "night" guys haha. Talk to you later!!

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  39. impressive, the way he saved break points was jaw dropping stuff. next volandri, nalby should have no problems beating that guy as well.

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  40. it's a straight set win Isis, he won 3 and 2 even if he wasn't at his best, ain't that soothing? knowing that he can do better? knowing that he can still win even if he doesn't play amazing on each and every point?
    well, I'm satisfied of his performance, not too much effort for a good win.

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  41. Yeah exactly what Mira said and Simon is 12th so it's a great result to be honest. Just hope he doesn't get fatigue from playing too much soon...

    Tomorrow at least it's at 9pm england time a bit earlier so won't have to sleep as late Mira loool. 'night everyone

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  42. Good win. Lost video at the end and only had the lovely voice of the commentator. David battled through yesterday and cruised today. I had my doubts about how much David would have in the tank today. But he sure dispelled my concern. Good work.

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  43. I know lots of share sites but at the moment no one comes to my mind where we can upload videos with huge size. There are some sharing sites where you can download the videos as fast as on megaupload, but you must make the videos in parts, each part until maybe 200 mb so you can upload them. And the simpliest way to do that is with WinRar. After you download ALL parts you can extract the full video as one file.

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