Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Miami R1 - David vs Steve Darcis

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Update III
More often than not, David struggles in the first round, having done well at the previous event. And at Miami, he tends to struggle in general. Still, this really was one chaotic match, even by his standards...
But in the end, after just under two hours, after getting broken twice when serving for the match and wasting a total of six match points, David came through, after all and beat Steve Darcis 6-4, 7-6(0).
In the second round on Friday he'll face Janko Tipsarevic - again.


More tomorrow...





(Getty Images; montage by VD)













Update II
5.00pm local - David's match is now about to begin... on the scoreboard.

After his run at Indian Wells and the big match against Nadal in the quarterfinal, today it's back to the beginning for David, back to making a new start in the first round of Miami.
And his opponent in his first match at Crandon Park will be new for David as well, as the two of them have never played against each other before.

Steve Darcis, 28 years old and currently ranked #68 (his highest ranking was #44, in 2008), prefers playing on hardcourt and usually moves back and forth between playing Challenger and ATP-level events. After early exits at Auckland and the Australian Open, in form of a walkover he had to give and a retirement, Darcis made the final at the Challenger in Dallas before reaching the quarterfinal at San Jose (lost to Julien Benneteau) and then losing in the second round at Delray Beach (to Ernests Gulbis). At Indian Wells, Darcis beat Donald Young in the first round and then lost in three sets to Alexandr Dolgopolov.

I'm not going to pretend that I know more about Darcis and his game. And that's not going to change today as coverage won't start until Saturday (so if David wins today - no coverage of his second-round match, either). But this could be a difficult match for David. Not just because it's Miami but also because keeping it up after having done well at the previous tournament, that's not always the case with David. Hopefully it will be, this time.

Update
And now for a surprise addition to David's schedule: For the first time ever, his name is on the entry list for Belgrade (April 30 - May 6), which takes place the week before the back-to-back Masters events at Madrid and Rome. No sign of David on the entry list for Monte Carlo.

38 comments:

  1. Hopefully it will be, this time, fingers crossed! I can sleep well until this weekend. And follow the scoreboard in my bed on my phone... lol (tonight and Friday, if he wins ;) Too bad the coverage only starts on Saturday, many Friday matches can be interesting to follow :(

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  2. hope it won't be with tipsarevic like it was in 2009 with troicki when david won in indian wells and lost easily one week later in miami

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  3. On that day in 2009, David would've lost to anybody, due to his hip injury...

    But first of all he'll have to get to R2 and Tipsarevic. ;)

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  4. it seems very strange the choice of belgrade. on clay , before two consecutive master 1000(now that he has the ranking to enter!!), and why not montecarlo??

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  5. I don't really understand it, myself. I thought he'd take a week off before Madrid/Rome. MC is still possible with a WC, then again it wasn't part of his plans, last year. Maybe he wants to take a longer break after DC, we'll see.

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  6. He thinks maybe he will have the same luck in Belgrade again like in DC lol

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  7. Maybe he had such a great time at the Novak Tennis Center during the official DC dinner that he decided he simply has to go back...

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  8. Im in temptation to go to Beograd if he really decides to come haha.Anyways todays match looks ok.

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  9. I'd say the first set was pretty much classic David stuff... Really hope we're past the drama stage now.

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  10. Good, got the break back.Two more games and thats it.

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  11. Keeps giving the break away, needs to get a grip and close it outt

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  12. what the hell is happening???

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  13. Hopefully he can close it out this time.

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  14. another break what is going on here?

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  15. its not good to lose your serve 3 times to a player as mediocre as darcis

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  16. I cant belive David just lost that service game after like 4-5 match points.

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  17. oh my god what is wrong with 8 matchpoints???
    i cant believe he is giving darcis gifts like that

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  18. And then comes out to win the tie break 7-0 haha.One more proof that anything, but really anything against anyone can happen in a Nalbandian match.

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  19. Typical David! :D
    It's annoying we didn't get to see what happened there...if he played bad or was just too relaxed..
    Let's see how it goes against Tipsarevic. I really hope he's as fired up as he was in IW. It's great when he is motivated :)

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  20. Yep - classic David stuff... ;)

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  21. Just got home from work and saw the last two points on the Scoreboard. The stats show nine service breaks. That's a lot for a 2-set match. But a win is a win. So bravo, David.

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  22. Let's say the tiebreak wasn't exactly representative for the rest of the match - and thank goodness for that... lol

    But David has really turned into a tiebreak monster. :)

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  23. tiebreak monster, could not agree more, i swear at some stage i wanted it to go into a tb, just to see him taking it lol

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  24. but its a risky business with nalby hehe

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  25. good thing I didn't get to follow the scoreboard, I would've been much more nervous to not see what was going on :)

    thanks for your comments, I'm happy he won his 1st round though not in a good way. So we should expect a tiebreak in all his early rounds this year? haha :) well done, David!!!

    the Tipsarevic should be great, will follow that one on the scoreboard, hopefully he won't waste so many match points :)

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  26. Just watched the tribute video that some players made for Gonzo's retirement, David's message is so touching :( :(
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0khJUxEVaDw

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    1. I agree, David is so nice and heartwarming with his words. Really touching and the nicest words in the video, which really seem to come from heart.

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    2. Just makes me really sad that Feña is gone now...

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    3. Yes, still can't believe, that there won't be Feña anymore to cheer, to laugh etc. with. I miss him so much... already.

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  27. I thought it would be better for Nalby to stop playing for 2 weeks after Davis Cup QF, and then he should play the Barcelone 500 series, followed by Belgrade, then play in Rome after 1-break (I would suggest him to skip Madrid). I think that should boost his ranking points to get a seed for Roland Garros, but perhaps he wants to challenge himself by playing in both Rome and Madrid? But it might be too much to play on clay for 3 consecutive weeks...

    But I am so happy he won a match in Miami!!! This is already his 12th victory of the season!!!

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  28. Barcelona, Belgrade, Madrid and Rome - that would mean playing four weeks in a row. I don't think he's going to try that and he's not on the entry list for Barcelona.

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  29. I mean, I don't think he's going to skip Madrid.

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  30. Then he really must reach 3R/4R and the final of Belgrade (assuming he will not get too deep in Madrid and Rome) before having a chance to be seeded in Roland Garros. I dont want to see him playing against the Top 5 in Round 1...

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  31. Most of all I'd love to see him finally play RG again. Would be the first time since 2008.

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  32. it would be great to see him in RG again, after all this time... and if he gets to play a French player on a big court, that would be awesome :) (but I'll avoid French commentators if it happens lol)

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