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.
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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.