Wednesday, March 14, 2012

David Fights Through against Tipsarevic

Five years after their first meeting, the second one between David and Janko Tipsarevic also went the distance. But although there was no retirement this time, in a way David once again outlasted Tipsarevic, sealing his 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory after an hour and 56 minutes. After a brilliant first set, David had a hard time, keeping it up physically but in the end he managed to hang with Tipsarevic long enough to get his chance in the third set. And when that chance finally came, he made the most out of it.
How much this match and this effort haven taken out of David we'll see later today when he gets to face sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round (match record: 0-1).

The first set of this match has to among the best tennis that David has played in recent times. From the first rally on, and in a stark contrast to the previous round against Cilic, both David's serve and his groundstrokes were working excellently and he was able to dictate play from the baseline. At 2-1, he had his first break points and after some great defense from David, it was Tipsarevic, who made the error, granting David the break and a 3-1 lead. This break David carried through the set without any difficulties on serve before converting his first set point to take it 6-3.

(AP Photo)
Early on in the second set, David was still dominating the majority of the rallies but he didn't manage to get another break, with Tipsarevic now serving better than he did in the first set. David remained solid on serve but in the course of this set his dominance during the rallies began to dwindle, slowly but steadily. And David began to be a step slower. Still, they stayed on serve and up until 4-3, he still hadn't faced a break point in this match. But then at 4-3, David played his worst service game of the whole match and ended up losing his serve. Moments later, Tipsarevic served out the second set and David threw his racquet in frustration.

In the first game of the third set David faced another break point but then had a bit of luck as Tipsarevic netted a drop-shot. David looked increasingly tired now but he fought on and although he didn't have much of a chance during his return games, he managed to hold serve. Tipsarevic seemed to be lying in wait for another service game like the one at 4-3 in the second. But this time, it was Tipsarevic's turn to serve at 4-3. And that was the moment David got the chance he had been waiting and fighting for. Two errors from the Serb and a great passing shot from David meant 0-40 and then David converted the first of those break points with an easy forehand winner. Up 5-3 now, David served for match and quickly went up 40-0 before closing it out on his first match point, as Tipsarevic made the error.

It was a tough match, with lots of long and intense rallies and a lot of ground that both players had to cover during them. And after the glorious first set, David did have his difficulties, trying to keep up his level of playing (e.g. from 7 winners/8 unforced errors in the first set to 7/17 in the second). But although he grew increasingly (and visibly) tired, David kept on fighting and he kept believing in his chance to win this match.

(Note: For some reason there are practically no photos of this match - sorry.)


  1. That final photo - or video grab - is amazing. Somehow, so real. Wow!

  2. Even though I only saw the last four games of the match last night, I thought David finished very strong. Hope he soaked in an ice tub after the match. Nole does and it seems to work for him. David's going to need some real energy against Jo-Willie today.

  3. my alarm clock failed me and i missed the match
    is there any highlights or a way to watch the match???
    im so sadd

  4. the match point

  5. I fell asleep during the second and totally missed it out. Thank you for the details, Julia.

    hopefully Tsonga and David won't play too late tonight, 3rd match is okay for me (no choice anyway lol), will make sure my alarm ring is loud, very loud!