A picture says more than a thousand words, as the old saying has it. And the picture above surely says a lot about David's loss to Janko Tipsarevic in the second round at Miami. Without having seen the match, it's impossible to say what was different this time, compared to David's victory over Tipsarevic at Indian Wells, ten days earlier. But in David's opinion, it was a matter of not taking his opportunities - and the opponent playing better than him.
I had many chances, in the second set I was ahead. I had chances all the time but I couldn't take those opportunities. I also think that I played very well in some moments.After Tipsarevic held for 1-0, David faced but managed to save a couple of break points. But already in his next service game he was under pressure again and this time, Tipsarevic took the first opportunity that presented itself to him, he got the break and a 3-1 lead. In the following game however, Tipsarevic went down 0-40, granting David his first break points of the match. He took the third one, getting them back on serve at 3-2, and then afterwards saved another break point in the next game before drawing level at 3-3. At 4-4, David had two further chances to break. But Tipsarevic saved the first break point with an ace, fended off the second one as well and scraped through to 5-4. Serving to stay in the set, David was taken deuce but managed to hold for 5-5. After Tipsarevic held easily for 6-5, David came within a point of reaching the tiebreak but double-faulted on his first game point, failed to convert a second one as well and then ended up losing his serve - and with it the first set.
But I think he played better than I did.
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From that moment on, David lost his serve twice, both times to love, allowing Tipsarevic to first draw level at 3-3 and then get the decisive break to go up 5-3. With Tipsarevic serving for the match, David saved the first match point but then couldn't keep Tipsarevic from converting the second and sealing his 7-5, 6-3 victory.
And so David adds another chapter to his "special" history with this tournament. He has played Miami eleven times now and
only twice did he manage to win more than one match at Crandon Park (2006 & 2010).
If he won one, at all.
But there's another series that ends with this defeat, and in this case, that's not at all something bad. With a complete Golden Swing plus Indian Wells and Miami, David has played five consecutive tournaments without a pause. Something that hasn't happened since 2003, according to Fue Buena. David's take on it:
You have to analyse it tournament by tournament. The good thing is that I've been able to compete on a continuing basis. That's important for having some continuity and to keep on working and trying to improve. (Quotes via Fue Buena.)