Saturday, March 24, 2012

Goodbye Miami - David's Loss to Tipsarevic


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.
But I think he played better than I did.
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.

(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
In the first game of the second, Tipsarevic was already up 40-15 before David took him back to deuce and then managed to break him, helped by a couple of double faults from Tipsarevic. Afterwards, David consolidated his break for a 2-0 lead, holding serve to love for the first (and also last) time in this match. At this stage of the match, the momentum had shifted - or so it seemed, until 3-2.
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.)


  1. Tipsy seems to be smaller than David :O

    1. he is :D
      Tipsy is always one of the shortest guys when he takes a pic with some other tennis players... lol.

      still, too bad David couldn't take the opportunities he had. Good thing is, he had some, so he was not far behind his opponent in terms of tennis level :)

    2. ATP site says they're the same height. I think it's the perspective on those photos. :)

  2. Thomas Berdych lost in 3rd round. Its really shame for David. If he had won this match he'd have easily reached Quarters like last week. since he wont face any top player.

  3. No possible way of knowing that. ;)

  4. interesting is that whenever he is facing a top 4 player, he plays suddenly great but struggles physically, but if he plays against others he doesn't play so good mostly lol

  5. Sounds to me like by Top4 you mostly mean Rafa. ;)
    And Rafa is a special case because of the match-up.
    But I think David has had a number of good matches this year against 'other' players.

  6. yes, this year he had more good matches, from top 4 I forgot that he hasn't played well against Djokovic after his win in Madrid, but against Federer, Murray and especially against Nadal he has played very motivated until now.

  7. He likes the big stage, likes playing against the top guys. It's always been that way with David. But he doesn't always do well against them (e.g. vs Murray at Cincy, Toronto).

    Anyway, coming later today - a new interview, where David also talks about Top4 and what he thinks about his chances of winning a Slam.

  8. Too bad for David but like I said in a comment above, he had some opportunities, so seemed like he wasn't ridiculous though he lost :)
    As long as he keeps being healthy, DC coming soon and good thing is, he can focus again on it, and thinking of his singles matchs :)