Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Indian Wells R3 - David vs Janko Tipsarevic















Update II
David has reached the fourth round at Indian Wells by defeating Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in just under two hours. Tomorrow, his opponent will be sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

More tomorrow...


(Getty Images; montage by VD)














Update
6.25pm local - David's match is now next up on Court 2. At last...

It's been more than five years since the one and so far only time that David and Janko Tipsarevic played against each other. Back then, in the first round of the Australian Open 2007, the heat ended up playing a decisive role for the outcome of the match. And after well over three hours, it was Tipsarevic, who was forced to retire. But that was five years ago and today, Tipsarevic's stamina and his game could mean all sorts of trouble for David.

27-year-old Janko Tipsarevic, currently ranked #10, began this season by reaching the final at Chennai (lost to Milos Raonic) before suffering a third-round defeat at the Australian Open against Richard Gasquet (David's training partner yesterday). A seasoned Davis Cup player, he won two rubbers during Serbia's first-round tie against Sweden and then added a semifinal at Marseille and a quarterfinal at Dubai to his record before coming to Indian Wells.

As mentioned above, the record between these two stands at 1-0 for David. But a lot has changed since 2007 and nowadays Tipsarevic is the kind of player, who's able to cause David a lot of trouble. Because he's physically stronger than David and with his defense he's going to make it very difficult for him to finish points, forcing him to play long, exhausting rallies, because he's able to punish poor second serves and he's able to serve rather well, himself.
In short, this match is going to be quite a test for David. And this time, he won't get away with playing the way he did against Cilic.

74 comments:

  1. Tsonga is through, David time!! vamos!

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  2. oh no, sorry, not yet... lol :(

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  3. no not david time, he will play after Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
    v Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR), it's very late :\

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  4. Mira its 2:15 am here , not the best time for me either, but this time am watching the matches from my bedroom sitting on my bed, its much better :P

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  5. Really nice level of play today.

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  6. Yeah, some great rallies already

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  7. That set was top 10 stuff.

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  8. He served it out! :)

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  9. doesnt get better than this, awesome performance so far, keep it up Dave

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  10. Some great serves to finish the set 6-3.

    I'm afraid I'm going to have to go and get some sleep soon, so David might have to manage with one less VamosDavider in support. Over to the rest of you. :)

    How many times is that commentator going to tell us that David is 30? ;)
    At least it's not the woman with the dreadfaul voice...

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  11. excellent serving so far ..

    keep it up man :)

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  12. such a high level my man , such a high level ...

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  13. hi guys, I went to bed at 9 pm GMT and woke up half an hour ago at 2 pm GMT and though "oh no the match is probably just over" but glad that it was only 5:2 first set, I was very surprised by the result and then seeing how good is David playing.
    Now back to the match, after 30:0 David gifted the game, he had to break and the same before when he lost the game with 30:40. In the last 2 service games from Tipsarevic he had a chance to break, especially in the last service game, but such ugly error at 0:30 and then at 30:30 he didn't play with full risk once more and the same was with the stop he played when Tipsarevic reached the ball and finally won the game

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  14. what a very very very bad service game, unbelievable bad in compare to his previous service games, David hasn't learn to play constant his service games. Tipsarevic gifted so many rallies but he stilll couldn't win that game

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  15. so pity, he had to lead with a break and won the match already, but even when he is playing great, these ugly service games come again and again. No first serve, and immediately an UE during the rallies, so pity that he lost that set, now I don't know if he can play well again

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  16. David was playing class, absolute quality till the service game at 3-4. Then probably the nerves got the better, ahh hope he doesn't get too down on it and recovers and wins this match now because he's actually played really good today much better than vs Cilic..Vamossssss

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    1. "David was playing class, absolute quality till the service game at 3-4."

      It must be my fault - that was about the time I stopped watching! But I couldn't go to sleep with this going on, so I followed the rest on live scores. I couldn't believe how he held on in that third set. :) I only wish I'd seen it.

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  17. This match remembers me Masters Paris 2010 vs Murray, you know how he lost that match :(

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  18. Yeah Ashot, I was thinking about that one as well..

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  19. Why? It's not like Tipsarevic has changed his game plan.

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  20. Phew.. He holds, but where is his 1st serve? :S

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  21. he must serve better again, otherwise he'll have no chance, his strokes are much less powerful than set 1

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  22. U R right Julia, this is even much worse because David got (very) bad himself... still no first service

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  23. And why do you think that's the case?

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  24. the match is over I think

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  25. He got suddenly very nervous, that's the case!

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  26. He's struggling, physically. But he's still fighting.

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  27. I have only seen that at David and Davydenko that they begin suddenly from nowhere to gift matches :(

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  28. physically? but he was in a good physical level from the begin of this year.. hmm

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  29. Nalbandian is playing like a counter puncher for God sakes, its a good thing he started serving this set, cmmon man

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  30. I think its just he couldnt keep up such a high level though out the match.Hopefully he finds a second wind.

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  31. That's why he couldn't keep it up. But he's fighting.

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  32. I see that now Julia, 3:2 for Tipsarevic because David struggled physicaly

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  33. He still is. But he's not giving up.

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  34. my heart is pumping so hard i can hear the sound of it.
    he leads 4-3, he must put some pressure now, looks like he gained the momentum back, do this el rey

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  35. He's holding serve now and playing better, yeah Julia's rightt he did find it tough physically but he's fought well to come from them and now can put pressure on this game on tipsarevic's serve

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  36. I've been watching in my bed and fell asleep during the second set. Now my fingers are ready to type again :D

    good thing he's serving first in this deciding set. Too much pressure!

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  37. Thats how to break serve with style Vamosss

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  38. best service game of the third set, maybe of the match lol

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  39. YES!!! I was thinking at 4-3: "only 8 points David" And he takes them all 8 in a row :D

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  40. Comeeee onnnnnnnnn!! Get in thereee. Stepped it up right at the key moment!! Great game of tennis for the most part from him, tsonga will be tough but I acc can't wait! El reyy david, good nightt people

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  41. OMG OMG OMG Terrific!!!!!!! so proud of David!

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  42. Vamosssss. who is next???? looking good.... composed under pressure... not much drama today... tsonga revenge time,....

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  43. I have sometimes the feeling that my mind is connected with David lol When I in other matches can't forget in third set how he lost the second and David loses the match, this time I concentreted then more on third set and David did it too lol. Last time David won a third set match after gifting the second was in Sydney 2009 final I remember.

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  44. he simply listened to me when i told him to take adventage of the momentum shift, so happy for him, IW 4th round is already an achievement, I was so glad it was the other David who left the tournament today, not ours.

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  45. Last one was against Berlocq in 2011 :)
    I also remember Ferrer 2010

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  46. After only seeing only the final four games, I'd still say it was a great match. BRAVO, David.

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  47. Great thing he took advantage of a nice draw.If he can beat Tsonga David will be inside the top 56.The olympics are getting closer and closer :).

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  48. serving first in the 3rd set helped David, for sure. That game where he broke Tipsy at 4-3 5-3 you knew he wanted to try something.

    Very happy this morning. Julia, you'll sure be inspired for your report :D

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  49. Well, I'll have very little time tomorrow, also for the post about the Tsonga match. And right now, I have no idea how I'm going to do it. But I will, somehow... lol

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  50. lol exactly!

    reading all your comments above, it's a good thing I fell asleep during the second set, my heart wouldn't have handled it :D

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  51. I am a little surprised to see him winning, thinking he would choke again and squander the one-set lead as in the past. So this is his first victory over a top 10 player this year!! When he is on (consistently for the whole year), he should at least be ranked at the bottom of the top10.

    Whether he wins or loses against Tsonga (he has improved a lot since their last 2008 meeting in Paris), he already has a good tournament.

    Must he really be ranked in the top56 to be guaranteed a spot for the Olympics? Isn't there a limit on the number of players PER COUNTRY that could take part in the singles? Nalby is currently the #5 best ranked player from Argentina...

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  52. after 3:3 Nalby won the last 3 games to love I think :)

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  53. but 7:6 6:0 - one day off - 7:6 7:6 - one day off 6:3 and then struggle physically is not a good sign :(

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  54. This was a very tough match even though he made it look very easy at the beginning.

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  55. so we might wait until the next AO till David is physically strong again, lol.

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  56. I don't get why you don't give him credit for fighting.

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  57. I give him but I am a bit disappointed because after his latest performances from AO until Buenos Aires I thought that he is now physically stronger than in last 2 years.

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  58. After the match when the commentator said who knows how wide he will go in this tournament I thought he didn't think that David had physical problems in this match.
    PS: I loved the reaction from Tipsy at the ned

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  59. He is in much better shape than he was in the last two years. Also evidenced by the fact that he hasn't been injured so far.
    Last night, he played a great first set and then found it hard to keep it up, physically. But still, he fought on and found a way of winning the match. Why not be at least a little bit happy about that?

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  60. I don't get it. Some of you are complaining when he lost because he played sooo bad (well ok) but complaining when he won??? Because he didn't wipe the floor with Tipsarevic (a top 10 player) What do you expect??????? Although he was struggling, he was fighting until the end and I never had the feeling that he will lose the game without a whimper? In almost every game he takes his obligatory little break. Sometimes it doesn't have any influence on the ending of the game. Sometimes it does. So .. that's all I wanted to say :D
    So enjoy the next game

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