Sunday, March 11, 2012

Indian Wells R2 - David vs Marin Cilic















Update II
It really wasn't pretty and I think it's safe to say that David didn't have the best of days today - but in the end, it was enough to defeat Marin Cilic 7-6(3), 7-6(4) in two hours and six minutes.
In the third round on Tuesday, David's opponent will be tenth seed Janko Tipsarevic.

More tomorrow...


(abiertomextenis.com/Getty Images; montage by VD)













Update
3.57pm local - David's match is now next up on Court 3...

It's an important match for David today, his second-round encounter with Marin Cilic. But a much more important match between these two could take place in three weeks when Argentina faces Croatia in the Davis Cup quarterfinal. It would be their second Davis Cup meeting after the first one (quarterfinal 2006) that made a lasting impression on Cilic.

After suffering a severe knee injury at the end of last year, Marin Cilic, ranked #24, missed the first two months of the current season. And less than two weeks have passed since his comeback match at Delray Beach, where he lost to Jarkko Nieminen in the first round. So for Cilic, it's only the second match of the season that he gets to play today.
David has won all of his three previous encounters with Marin Cilic, starting with the first one in Davis Cup 2006. And their second meeting, in the semifinal at Washington 2010, was rather one-sided, as well. During their most recent match however, at Basel 2010, Cilic managed to take a set off David for the first time.

As their last encounter has shown, in order to trouble David Cilic has to take risks with his groundstrokes (especially the backhand, his stronger wing). And he also has so serve really well and consistently so. Whether Marin Cilic can pull that off in his second match of the season, and how well David is playing at the moment, now back on hardcourt again - this match will provide the answers.

56 comments:

  1. aah yeah I remember this Cilic clip you shared a while back, David being one of the 3 toughest players on the Tour, according to him. I like to agree :D

    important match indeed, alarm set, see you all later!

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  2. here we go. come on David!!!

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  3. Oh no its the annoying women again...why????

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  4. oh noooo the annoying lady's voice is back...

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  5. I love David's blue tennis shoes. Looking good with the sunny day :)

    a tough 1st game but he holds, vamos!

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  6. I echo your sentiments, Adrian and Mira. Don't know why they can't find a Yank in Indian Wells.

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  7. Hatee this woman, she doesnt have a clue lool and her voice :/

    Break up :) Although cilic gifted the break, david's playing quite well! Vamoss Davidd

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  8. He's wearing that shirt again!!! I better get used to it since it looks like David likes it

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  9. you guys better get used to that shirt! it will look good with European sunny days and clay haha.

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  10. i also like that shirt.. i mean i prefer the blue one.. but i think it's fine :D

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    1. I still don't like it. I'm getting used to it, the same way I got used to the yellow, back in 2008...

      Anyway, David doesn't really care too much about what he wears, and he's also not superstitious about things like that. - At least that's what he always says. :)

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  11. Cilic really has no business still being in the set.Why did she just say should have challenged when the reply showed the ball was clearly out.

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  12. I'm OK with the shirt, too. He might even be able to get away with it at Wimbledon. Obviously he likes it. C'mon David put this guy away.

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    1. Nah, he'll never get away with it at Wimbledon. I think they employ someone to measure the area of coloured fabric on player's shirts.

      And if they don't, I'd like to volunteer for the job. ;) (As long as the players are wearing them at the time.)

      Maybe they have a version of the shirt where only one zigzag is coloured and the rest are all white. He might get away with that.

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  13. 6-5 hopefully his little obligatory break is over :D

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  14. Pretty ugly set but good that David took it because Cilic gets down on himself after losing close sets.

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  15. finally!!! so many wasted points but well, a set is a set. Vamos!!!

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  16. Yess finally. Didnt really play that well, but those are the games that its good to win if your not playing well. He'll do better in the 2nd I reckon. El rey david, I also think the shirt's good btww :)

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  17. my tennis timeline is all talking about a virus (?) causing stomach bugs on several players in Indian Wells. Nothing serious, I hope!

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  18. David up a break, for good this time!!!
    He's moving well.

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  19. I don't really think he is. He defended really well in some of those longer rallies. But he's making a ton of UEs and he's often not in a good position to hit his groudstrokes.

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  20. I think he looks tired.. and yes he's not moving very well.. but fortunately cilic doesn't have his best day too..
    This are matches you just have to go through.

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    1. i mean these are matches.. :)

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  21. I meant, he's been moving well despite the UEs...
    But lots of points wasted, for sure. Especially break points :/

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  22. If me was moving well he wouldn't make so many UEs. ;)

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    1. true :) but there are those days...
      and fortunately he made it anyway :D

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    2. Julia, I thought maybe you were volunteering to be David's runner. ;)

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    3. Definitely not today... I'm still in rather bad shape after going out last night. And I'm not sure I would've survived a third set... I could've done the cursing and racquet-throwing, though. :)

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    4. I don't think he'd want to give that bit up. ;)

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  23. not again.. 2 tiebreaks in a game like this is not much better than watching a scoreboard ...

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  24. Aaaargh! Another tie-break.

    I typed that so long ago, if this thing ever lets me post a comment, that was the 2nd set tie-break (before the start) I was talking about. ;)

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  25. sure :) I don't know how to say it properly, okay, being a bit late before hitting the ball, but still trying to chase it on every point though :)

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  26. This was really a horrible match from both guys.Great that David got through, hopefully things will look better because this kind of play wont be enough against Tipsarevic.Im not sure where Cilic's carer is going really, I know hes had a long pause but hes been looking like this for a long time now.

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  27. yaaaay! a straight sets win despite UEs and wasted energy, points and time.

    Pretty sure Cilic won't change his mind and keep David on his list of toughest players :D

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  28. Last time David won 7-6 7-6 in ATP was against Federer in
    Cincy '03 so nice to see that scoreline again :)

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  29. Well, David did a good job of causing us cardiac stress and depriving Mira of sleep. He could have won it so much earlier, Mira. Another David roller coaster. Ah, but he won, so all is good.

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  30. not a good match, those were 2 UE machines out there lol
    but a win is a win, we know how David can changes, Tipsy is tough, gd luck

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  31. At least he still won in straight sets and gave us a shorter heart attack, compared with matches last year (e.g., that long 3-setter against Malisse in October). And he posted an upset victory over a seeded player (and also beat World #13 Simon last month). He has already won 9 matches (I can't remember the last time he won almost 10 matches in early March - was it in 2008 or 2009?).

    Of course he is still waaaaaaaaaaaay behind and has no chance against the top 4 (but he always had close matches with Nadal + Murray), but I hope while he is winding down his career, he would still occasionally have upset wins over the top10 or top20 players, 'teaching' them some tennis lessons.

    I really hope he would also play doubles in Olympics (but is it too demanding to his health? Is it a 2-week tournament like a Grand Slam or rather 10-day event?). Realistically, he has better chance to win a medal for his country in doubles...

    His match against Tipsarevic will be very tough. He needs to start the match extremely quickly and win in straight sets. He always allows tough players to come back to win in 3 straights if he can't sustain the 1-set lead (and leading in 2nd set).

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    1. It looks like he won't be playing doubles at the Olympics, at least that's what he said recently. Whether he qualifies for singles, or not. I think DC is still much more important, in terms of trying to win something for his country.

      And true, it's been a while since he was able to play that many matches early on in the season. Simply because this time he's had a chance to play more. I really hope it stays that way.

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    2. I meant, he has won more matches because he's had the chance to play more as he hasn't been injured so far, this season.

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  32. he can upset the top 4 and the top 20 he is winning against them regulary
    so anonymous you have very low expectations if you are happy with an "upset of top 20"
    david is top 20 level of playing right now

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    1. I'll repeat myself, he hasn't been able to beat the Top4 since hip surgery. And they are at a very different level, compared to the other players.
      I think it's generally better to have lower expectations. It leaves room for pleasant surprises.

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    2. julia murray lost to garcia lopez so i would say he can beat them when playing well

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    3. I think it's much more a case of he can only beat them if they play really badly.

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  33. Wow! After reading your comments I must say I took the right decision to go to bed early instead of watching it so late. But didn't expect it after the bagle before! So pity! He played great tennis from Stockholm until Bueos Aires, but now when there is a big hardcourt tournament he plays bad. If he didn't played better yesterday then in the round before then the chances are not good that he plays good enough against Tipsy.

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  34. ashot i hope he gets wormed up because also in madrid 07 he played bad at the begining and then found his range also against malisse in stockholm and then blasted by dodig

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    1. But the question is how much energy does he have? I hope so much that he finds his form in next match and wins it in 2 sets.

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    2. I really hope this doesn't turn out the way it did at Stockholm...

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  35. why wouldnt he have any ? he played 2 matches if thats too much for him then he would have retired long ago

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  36. Even David should be allowed to have bad days.

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  37. Whatever, he must be satisfied that he won both sets yesterday. Now let's hope that he stays healthy and finds his form in next match.

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  38. here are some points from R 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=CUQ944deXGo

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