Friday, March 9, 2012

Indian Wells R1 - David vs Potito Starace

Update II
David has begun his campaign at Indian Wells with a 7-6(4), 6-0 victory over Potito Starace in an hour and 25 minutes. In the second round on Sunday he'll face 24th seed Marin Cilic.

More tomorrow...


(abiertomextenis.com/Reuters; montage by VD)













Update
2.40pm local. The second match on Court 2 has just ended. Next up: David...

Actually, this match is late by a few weeks. The paths of David and Potito Starace usually cross during the Golden Swing, especially at Buenos Aires. And it was there that David played a very memorable match against Starace, a little more than two years ago - his comeback match after the hip surgery pause. Today, however, it's time for something new: their first ever encounter on hardcourt.

For Potito Starace, 30 years old and currently ranked #68, Indian Wells is already the eighth tournament of the season. But whether on hardcourt, indoors or on clay, he didn't make it past the second round at any of the events that he played.
All four previous encounters between David and Starace took place on clay, during the Golden Swing, and David won all four of them. Three out of those four times they met at Buenos Aires, including the only real battle they had (quarterfinal 2008, on David's way to winning the title), the comeback match, and their most recent encounter, last year. A match that David played an won without any apparent difficulties - or so it seemed.

Although Potito Starace has won all of his four career titles on clay he also likes playing on hardcourt. And he has a stronger serve than most classic clay-courters, even though David did well, dealing with it in the past. In their previous matches, the one thing Starace was able to trouble David with were the drop-shots that he likes to play. But whether he'll also try to use them on hardcourt today - we won't get to see it. As usual, there's no coverage during the first round at Indian Wells, so for following this match it'll once more be the scoreboard.

21 comments:

  1. David has moved very well so far this year, I hope he won't be troubled by Starace's dropshots if he plays this way.

    we will live-comment from the scoreboard then :D

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  2. I`m too old for that sh... Watching a scoreboard is driving me nuts :D at least there was a re-break...

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  3. Yeah, not only you... The worst thing is not really knowing what is going on, how he's playing etc. You can only look at numbers and speculate...

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  4. so true...lookin at numbers and hoping that everything works out. that`s awful. and now - tiebreak. doesn`t make it better :D

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  5. He won the sett, get in theree! Didnt look pretty but oh well (:
    Yeahh omg so annoyin.. Before, many years ago, when i didnt really know that there were streams, I just watched all his games on scoreboard, they were painful, then when streamin came I was like omggg? Have I not seen this!? Next round we will (:

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  6. Hopefully, yeah...
    That was set point #7. But playing tiebreaks is the one thing David has been better at ever since his long injury pause.

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  7. If he goes through lol :)

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  8. If he goes through and his match takes place on one of the show courts.

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  9. yea, he has a superb TB record now

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  10. David must have been very nervous at the beginning. With all those missed break points and set points even more! Hope after finally taking the first set he will settle himself

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  11. yeah break... it`s much better watchin the scoreboard when he leads :) hopefully he plays on one of the main courts in the next round (i try to be confident and guess he will win today :D )..

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  12. Looks like David is dialing in now. Don't think this set will take an hour.

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  13. After what Kolya did in his match against Bubka today, I'm no longer going to make any predictions like that... lol

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  14. Well, I didn't really think the set would be that quick. Glad it was, though.

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  15. vamos david :) Bagel^^

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  16. seems like he heard us complaining about watchi a scoreboard :D 6-0 great...

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  17. great win!! hope he is playing better

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  18. Much quicker and different from the other sett. Now we will probs get to see him instead of the scoreboard in 2nd round. He'll have Cilic in his pockett ;) vamos david!!

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