Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Indian Wells R4 - David vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga















Update II
Before this match the question was how much David would've left in the tank after yesterday. The answer - enough to save a match point in the second set, turn the match around and eventually beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 18 minutes.
David repeats his so far best result at Indian Wells (from 2008) by reaching the quarterfinal. There, he will meet the second seed Rafael Nadal.
Edit: And that will be on Friday, not tomorrow. (Sorry for that.)

More tomorrow...


(Getty Images; montage by VD)













Update
2.02pm local - after two fairly quick matches, David's is now up next on Court 2.

In today's fourth-round match David gets to meet another player he has only met once before, in a match that took place years ago. But in the case of sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, that one match was a final, at the Paris Masters in 2008. And back then, it was Tsonga, who prevailed and won the title. But although David almost withdrew before that match (as became known only much later) he managed to make it close.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 26 years old by now and ranked #6, won the title at Doha, the first tournament he played this season but he went out early, by his standards, at the Australian Open, where he didn't make it past the fourth round (lost to Kei Nishikori). Afterwards, he played and won two rubbers for France against Canada in the first round of Davis Cup and then (just like Tipsarevic, by the way) reached the semifinal at Marseille and the quarterfinal at Dubai. At Indian Wells, Tsonga's first match in the second round lasted only for five games (then his opponent Llodra retired). Against Radek Stepanek in the third round yesterday, however, Tsonga needed three sets, after losing the first in a tiebreak.

The major problem David had during their only match so far was Tsonga's serve, especially the first but also the second. And Tsonga served spectacularly well that day, it has to be said. Still, much will depend on whether today David can find a way of dealing with his serve or whether on the back of it, Tsonga will be able to overpower David. But the biggest question is of course how much David will have left in the tank after yesterday's match. - We'll find out.

63 comments:

  1. wow! the 1st two matches were very quick apparently, just joined in at 2-2!

    Tsonga wearing a basecap? it must be really hot out there... VAMOS!!!!

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  2. Interesting way of throwing your racquet, David.

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  3. somewhat it means he still cares a lot, so frustrated. But his body is not following... :(

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  4. I was just admiring his technique. ;)

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  5. David looks so frustrated, I so understand him, so wanting to challenge Tsonga.

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  6. Yeah, and JoWi isn't playing the lights out. But it's simply not enough today.

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  7. gifted service game, rebreak, gifted service game. He is so struggling as we could wait

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  8. David in good form could win today very easily in 2 sets

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  9. if he gets broken again it will end exactly in the same way as against Murray in Shanghai

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  10. 5 all... this is getting weird.

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  11. 2 break back and David is finally holding his serve. Wow, it thought it would be over like 10minutes ago....
    VAMOS!!!!

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  12. I thought that it was a lil chance for David when he won the point at 0:30 on Tsongas serve, but didn't expect him to do the out of it :O
    PS: my stream froze at that moment, what did Tsonga do at that point where he had to lead with 40:0???

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  13. YAAAAAYYYYYY amazingly unexpected second set ending.
    David still alive. So so happy no matter what the outcome

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  14. most out of it ))
    Tsonga is maybe struggling too, maybe

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  15. and good thing David is serving first in the 3rd set, he holds pretty easily, he can try something there... VAMOS!

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  16. amazing point by David as he breaks Tsonga. Now please hold til the end!!!!

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  17. Lets keep on going David, all the way to the end!!!

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  18. Tsonga's struggle made David physically stronger :)

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  19. Chapeau!!! Nice fight Mr. Nalbandian :D

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  20. VAMOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.... NEXT!!!!! BRING IT ON....

    CMON DAVID REVENGE WAS SWEET/./////

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  21. WOW! That was a crazy match! So happy he won :)) That's honestly more than I expected from him in this tournament. Vamos David! :D

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  22. CELEBRATION!!!!!!
    I'm so happy. SO HAPPY.

    Finally a win over a Top5 guy. So fully deserved!!!

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  23. it's funny because I don't even know who he'll face into the next round, I didn't think he would go that far in the draw. My apologies, David. I'm so proud!!

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    1. Probably Nadal :D

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    2. 2009 memories immediatly coming back right now... :D

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  24. Its Nadal, then possibly Federer or Del Potro.

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  25. I expected from him a deep run but not in this way lol

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  26. Wow!!! I was content with him just beating Tipsy... but today he beats Tsonga too!

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  27. Can you believe it? What a comeback. Every time I was going to comment my computer froze up. So I said, no way. Gotta watch the match. This is why we love the guy. You can never predict what David is going to do. Hope Dolgo pulls off an upset. WOW!!

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  28. Next week's ranking close to top 50 even if he goes no further here, I think?

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    1. Yes he's #50 now :) here: http://live-tennis.eu/

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  29. Nope, it'll be Rafa for David.

    But yeah - what an absolutely incredible match from David... Chapeau, indeed. :)

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  30. Indian Wells organisers can be satisfied now, David honored the wildcard that was given to him.

    Rafa-David has to be great. Hope David can have some rest.

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  31. He didn't need the WC in the end. But yeah, it was nice that they were willing to give one to him.

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  32. okay David didn't need the wildcard eventually, but still... :D

    was there something wrong with Tsonga's foot? looked like he couldn't jump well when he served in the 3rd set...

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  33. Yeah, I think there was something wrong with him. David asked him if he was okay. I don't know what it was, though.

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  34. well, he had his revenge of paris 2008, its now time for IW 2009.
    I have faith in you David, am so happy today

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  35. Amazing stuff. David beats a No. 10 and a No. 6 back-to-back. Maybe Peter Bodo knows something. Let's hope.

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  36. But how happy will he be about perhaps having known something, in this particular case? ;)

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  37. I hope he's damn happy. But I'd be willing to bet he's not. I'm sure glad we are, though.

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  38. Yep. :)
    David is getting me into all sorts of trouble, scheduling-wise. But those are problems I'm really glad to have. lol

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  39. unbelievable stuff today, but also with the help from Tsonga
    David plays probably the first match tomorrow, good for us ))

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  40. I am so proud of Nalby (please, no more injuries!!). I really look forward to his match with Nadal - beautiful and long rallies!

    But I dont think he should get too frustrated by throwing his racquet/etc. (perhaps this is his own style of releasing his tension...). At this age, he should feel relax and enjoy himself as much as possible!

    I wouldn't mind seeing him losing early in Miami (again!) if he could win few more matches in the next few days...

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  41. http://youtu.be/Z4RUopFHHeI

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    1. Thanks Noubar :) Do you have any highlights for the match against Tipsarevic?

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    2. Thanks, Noubar. :)
      I just used the ESPN clip because it has highlights from all three sets. ;)

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  42. Wow! It was so fantastic, I'm really proud that he fought and came back after MP for Jo. Great and wonderful that he can play against Rafa now, equal how the result will be.

    One question, I saw always the team of David. Who is with him now during tournaments? Do we know that? Did I miss that...?

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  43. At IW it's Mariano Seara and Claudio Galasso (David's two physios) and the third one is apparently Charly Berlocq's coach, who was already there for the Tipsarevic match. Maybe he's helping out a bit, maybe David is thinking about getting a coach again, after all.

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  44. Ah Berlocq's coach! Thank you Julia, because I was wondering and couldn't remember who he could be. Yes maybe he testing some coaches a bit until he decides ;-)...

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  45. I didn't have any idea who he was, myself. But they mentioned it on Argentine TV. :)
    Yeah, we'll see if it's only for IW or maybe more.

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  46. David won't need a wildcard for Miami after all. Things are going very well lately :)

    oh okay, Berlocq's coach, English speaking commies didn't seem to know who the 3rd man was, even though the cameras were often on him! :D
    do you think David should get a coach again?

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  47. Well, maybe it would be a good idea. To have someone with a new and maybe different perspective on things.

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  48. great news, exactly that what David needed until his next match, one day off, and tomorrow with tanked energy against Nadal :)

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  49. nalbandiannnnnnn oh my godddd
    you have made the year for me
    i have been waiting for you to dismantel all of the atp tour once more!
    i have to say thank you i am so happpyy right nowww
    are there any highlights????
    pleaseeeeeeeeeeee

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  50. noubar you are the best
    amazing shots nalbandian looks brilliant from the back of the court
    tremendous on both wings really he can outclass anyone with his groundstrokes
    the best player i have ever seen when playing well!

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  51. i think i am gonna cry with joy if he wins this tournament and returning to top 10 and a grand slam
    finishing his career like in the movies

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  52. I have the feeling you didn't watch the match Adam aka Isis :)
    I am more optimistic now for next match because he has one day to relax.

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  53. yes ashot my girlfriend didnt allow me how sad is it?
    she wanted my attention while she was here and we had a fight so i believe nalbandian would have forgiven me

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