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is never great. But sometimes, it can be particularly nerve-wracking - and it was again, yesterday, during his 6-4, 7-6(0) victory over Steve Darcis.
A match that saw David going up a break only to then lose his serve altogether four times. The last two of which happened when he served for the match.
But David overcame these difficulties and got the win in the end. And that's what matters.
I still need to improve my tennis and my physical fitness. I'm doing well but I have to get better. (Source.)Already in the first game, David had but failed to convert four break points. After holding easily the first couple of games, he showed the first signs of struggling on serve at 3-2 when he had to fend off the first break point. Having levelled the score at 3-3,
David converted what was his sixth break point at
that stage to go up 4-3. But only to immediately drop his serve afterwards, the first of the four re-breaks Darcis managed to get in this match. Still, David went on to break him again, for a 5-4 lead and the chance to serve for the set. And eventually, after having been up 40-15 and then missed three opportunities to close it out, David converted his fourth set point, 6-4.
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of the first set, David seemed to take control of this match - until Darcis broke back to draw level at 3-3. But once again David was able to recover the break immediately (for 4-3) and then, after saving a couple
of break points, managed to get through to 5-3.
With Darcis now serving to stay in the match, David held a first match point but couldn't stop him from getting to 5-4. What followed was a truly catastrophic service game from David (that's how it was described on Twitter by people who saw the match), who dropped his serve to love, on a double-fault. But he rallied afterwards and broke Darcis again, for 6-5 and another chance to serve out the match.
And then came - the drama. After going up 40-0,
David failed to convert altogether five further match points before eventually losing his serve yet again.
So in the end, the set went to a tiebreak. And after all the chaos and all the missed chances - David won it 7-0.
It's impossible to say what exactly happened, for example with those six missed match points, without having seen the match. But generally speaking, I'd say that this was the kind of rough start that had to be expected from David at Miami. On the scoreboard, it looked like he made things a lot more difficult for himself than they would've needed to be. But he pulled it off in the end and now he still has the chance to win more than one match at Miami, this time around. Though it's going to be a tough one that awaits him tomorrow, in form of another encounter with Janko Tipsarevic.
Tomorrow [i.e. today] I'm going to rest. In the evening, I'll think about Tipsarevic. (Source.)