Wednesday, February 15, 2012

São Paulo R1 - David vs Benoit Paire















Update
For the first twenty minutes or so, it looked like this would be a very easy victory for David. And it ended with a victory for him but it wasn't an easy one. After an hour an 39 minutes, after having been up 5-1 in the first set and then failed to convert altogether 9 set points, and after having been down a break in the second set, David eventually prevailed. How much of a toll this match has taken on him we'll find out when he gets to face Gilles Simon in the second round tomorrow.

Report and photos coming tomorrow.


(Getty Images; montage by VD)














Today, it's back to playing on the Tour for David - at an event that's new and unusual, and not only for him. After eleven years in Costa do Sauipe, the Brasil Open have been relocated to São Paulo. And this new version is now the only tournament on the whole ATP Tour to be held on indoor clay. Also new for David will be his opponent in his first-round match today.

This opponent is 22-year-old Benoit Paire, who's currently ranked #98 (with his best ranking so far having been #84 earlier this year - exactly where David is ranked now). Paire mostly plays Challengers, occasionally qualifying for ATP-level events, with his best result having come at the start of this season when he made his way from qualifying through to the quarterfinal at Auckland. In general, Paire seems to prefer playing on hardcourt and the stats show him to be a fairly strong (though inconsistent) server, which is not really a surprise, given that he's 6'5"/1.96m tall.

As Krystle has mentioned before, Benoit Paire enjoys a kind of double-edged reputation, for being able to play very entertaining tennis but at the same time also for being highly inconsistent and erratic. As David has never played against him before he'll probably need a while to see who and what he's dealing with, as well as to get used to the conditions and the surface. But David is optimistic:
He's a tough opponent but I have to focus on my game. I think that if I feel good I'll have a good chance to win. (Source.)
(tournament website)

72 comments:

  1. I'll stay up all late to watch David, hope to see y'all here later :)
    I didn't know Paire was that tall!! his unpredictable game is indeed entertaining at his best. I hope David will have a consistent serve, Paire will be tough to break...

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  2. A look at David's special way of preparing for this match on the Photo Page... lol

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  3. Haha very nice preparation ;-)

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  4. yes, nalby win the first set 6-1 good and quick match.
    vamos david

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  5. 5:1 40:0 and then is happening something with Davids mind.

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  6. Whats going on with David?

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  7. what's wrong with David right now??? I see 50% concentration

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  8. OMG, i saw number 5>6 and i say nalby win 6-2 but set 1 still not end

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  9. yeah he's still not won the 1st set, serving for it at 5-4 now... ?

    hahaha nice way to get prepared LOL (thanks Julia ;))

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  10. another break @: whats happen !

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  11. I ask me why is he playing if he doesn't like

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  12. Because he wants a chance of qualifying for the Olympics.

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  13. Oioioi, it started so good...

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  14. haha maybe
    or he has right now the next Davis Cup tie on his mind

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  15. Not maybe. That's why he's playing here.

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  16. Confidence high now for Benoit Paire!

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  17. Wow! I had to leave for a short while at 5-1. Was contemplating a 6-1, 6-0 win. Now this. Crazy.

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  18. nooooo don't even allow Paire to be confident again winning all these games in a row :(

    yeah nice rally! come on!

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  19. he should already have won the match lol

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  20. are you guys watching via a stream where the commentator is a woman (British?) constantly asking what happened to David for the last 15 minutes? grrrrr

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  21. Julia I was only joking because his behaviour until some minutes ago was not normal. Was he nervous maybe? If yes how much nervous should he be to lose his concentration on a scarry level.

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  22. I think Paire saved 9 set points.Could have already been done, now Paire is back in it.

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  23. I think he probably felt tired. He looked as flat as a pancake out there. We'll see what happens in set 2.

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  24. finally won the 1st set.
    I got worried for the last couple of minutes but as long as he manages to win it after all...

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  25. Yep, Mira. That's the stream I'm watching. Geez, I was worried at 6-1 in the tiebreaker.

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  26. yes, he began to look tired too, but how should it happen in a first round in first set???

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  27. If it's directly after a DC weekend...

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  28. and Paire has clearly detected that he's a bit tired, so he makes him move.
    and a break already for Paire on David's DF...

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  29. that's maybe the reason, but everything began so suddenly that nobody knew what happened

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  30. i just cant believe my eyes
    why is he doing it is he bored?
    he played great and then like an amateur
    i have to give paire credit i thought he is so bad i could beat him
    now o changed my mind he is just very bad and i still cant beat him

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  31. Hope this isn't reminiscent of the Zeballos match last year. Fight through it, David.

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  32. IF hes not ready why not pull out,its not like theres no tournaments around except for this one...

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  33. He obviously thought he was ready.

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  34. come on Isis, he won the 1st set, that's okay though he should've won earlier, I'm not complaining.

    David is ready, not injured, BUT you know, concentration thing, it's tough after a big DC weekend... knowing David, I'm not that surprised.
    as long as he wins the 2nd set, I don't a 3rd set there!!!

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  35. hard to see him to have running like this, but see he can run, then he made his opponent running lol

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  36. now the time to break

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  37. grrrr I don't like the way that woman is commenting the match...
    if I cut the sound I won't hear the balls...

    nice return of serve!

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  38. how suddenly he got bad so suddenly he got good again after 1:3 0:40.... loooool now an ace instead of double fault :D

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  39. at least you all can see David is still running after every ball.

    come on now hold your serve!!!

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  40. OK, now. Close it out in two.

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  41. even free points on serve now instead the double faults before

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  42. now david serve to win the match :)

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  43. David serving for the match!!!! thank you Paire for some free points...

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  44. if this woman continues to comment like this there won't remain heteros and lesbians in the tennis world any more

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  45. he is happy and he smiles :) a happy End )))))

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  46. haha this woman is terrible lol.

    David has won in straight sets. Can we ask more from him? okay he could've won the 1st set easily but a win is a win, given the circumstances...

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  47. Congratulations, bad match but there is good end ..

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  48. Very good! He turned it around again and this time he closed it better :-). Could have made it easier but perhaps after DC and a long flight not simple to play. Good that he made it in two sets!

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  49. I guess it was more of a mental collapse than physical.But really what happened in the 1st set has no excuse, things like that just cant happen.

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  50. Good comeback. Glad he won. He wouldn't have wanted to lose to this guy no matter what the circumstances.

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  51. at least it happened in the 1st round versus a non-experienced player who couldn't take advantage of his 1st set mental collapse.
    Imagine if it was later in the draw, vs a good player...

    anyway good warmup for David, Simon next, I'm always afraid of these Frenchmen

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  52. Adrian, did you see how drenched he was and just how tired he looked? Physical side did have a lot to with this.

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  53. if we think the problem was physical how then could he come back? So it was probably mental exhaustion

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  54. he was maybe too nervous and therefore he was so sweated

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  55. There's a phenomenon called "zweite Luft" in German. When you're already exhausted and tired but then basically out of nowhere find some strength again. To me, that's exactly what it looked like.

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  56. Idk, he looked better towards the end.Well see how the Simon match goes down.

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  57. But wasting 9 set points is too much,under any circumstances.

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  58. Yeah, like Nole did against Nadal at the Aussie. I agree.

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  59. I think Nole was exaggerating a little bit in the final.I suppose the Simon match is tomorrow.It will be his 1st match on clay this season, so maybe David has a chance if hes feeling better tomorrow.

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  60. somewhat he knew he could "afford" to waste some points there... (I don't think tennis players think that way but, given his exhaustion...). BUT he also knew he couldn't lose poorly in the 1st round so the "zweite Luft" effect came out..
    I'm sure he'll play better vs Simon

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  61. Mira - me too I watched it from there, that woman was a shocking commentator, her voice was soo annoying lool. Important win for nalby even though he didn't play well at times, but he'll improve against Simon as you said. Love david so much, supported him for like 10 years but it hurts me to think that he might retire in 2 years ish. Anyways, where does everyone here on this site live? Anyone in London? :)

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  62. George, I'm in Madagascar, I guess I'm the only one who's in southern Africa here (?).
    Most of our fellow Vamos Daviders live everywhere in Europe and US :)

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  63. I am from The Netherlands :)

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  64. Armenian from Austria :)

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  65. Also, yesterday I played a tennis match and won the exact scoreline david did against paire LOL and the tiebreak was 7-3 as well...

    Ashot yesal hayem!

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  66. George, I'm in Colorado in the U.S. Might be the farthest one west on this blog.

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