Friday, April 6, 2012

Davis Cup Quarterfinal - Day 1

(Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)
Update
David has lost the first rubber against Marin Cilic, who prevailed 5-7, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3 after five hours and nine minutes.
The conditions were difficult for both players and the wind (as well as quite a lot of bad bounces) was to blame for many, if not most of the countless unforced errors that both David and Cilic committed in this match.
But the question is now of course how fit David will be for the doubles rubber tomorrow, to be played less than 24 hours from now (see below).
Still, this is not where the trouble ends for Argentina. As reported by Argentine journalists, Delpo is sick but he's now playing the second rubber against Ivo Karlovic.

UpdateII
At his post-match press conference, David just told the assembled media that he is not injured (source) but simply grew tired towards the end of the match. He also said that he's planning to play the doubles tomorrow.
I guess we'll find out whether everything really is okay when or if he plays the doubles.
Edit: Here's the latest version (via Fue Buena):
Nalbandian has an adductor problem but for the moment it's not serious enough to keep him from playing. The plan is to try and then see what happens tomorrow.


Edit: Bad news. Apparently, David suffered an adductor injury (left side) already during the early stages of the match (source). At the moment, it's not clear whether he'll be able to play the doubles tomorrow. In case he can't Pico will play with Edu Schwank (source).


(Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to the first day of the Davis Cup quarterfinal weekend. One that's unprecendented in the long history of Davis Cup: For the first time ever, all four quarterfinal ties will be held on clay. Whether indoors, at the O2 Arena in Prague, or outdoors at Marina D'Or in Spain, the Monte Carlo Country Club and last but not at all least the Parque Roca in Buenos Aires.

Today, it's time for the first two singles rubbers. And it'll fall to David to get things under way against Marin Cilic in the first match of the day. Afterwards, Delpo will face Ivo Karlovic.
More about the match-ups in the previous post by Krystle.

After missing the quarterfinal last year and then playing three away ties in a row David returns to the Parque Roca today for his first match at Argentina's home venue in well over a year.
- A special occasion for him. And hopefully also a successful one.

(Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images)

45 comments:

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    1. Yeah - against Cilic and against the wind...

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    2. Is it so windy? I can't see it because no stream works for me... Hopefull he is doing good! Vamos :-)

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    3. Are the LSH ones not working?
      And yeah, it is rather windy.

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    4. No, I tried every link but none wants to work. Don't know why.

      I hope he can deal with the wind.

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    5. Can't find a working stream, either. They're saying copyright infringement. Damn.

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  2. Stream links are in the sidebar, on the right.

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  3. You can try this link
    http://www.sportlemon.tv/v-2/18/116/v-391628.html

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  4. So sportLemon.tv works at least?

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  5. you can try live.tv
    there's one stream that works

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    1. http://livetv.ru/de/eventinfo/112530_argentina_croatia/

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  6. After two restarts that lemon link works finally :-) yay!
    So I missed that David got a break, perhaps I should do restarts more often :-)

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  7. A little late, the match was already started, but now it works fine.

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  8. Sometimes it takes a moment, yeah. But thanks for the tip. :)

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  9. After missing the first two games I decided to go for the DC website livestreaming, good streaming and worth the money :p
    How ever David losing his serve serving for the set was not as cool!

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  10. Finally found a stream at 5-5. Good two games.

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  11. David looks really bad to me today.

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    1. yes, he is very bad. his move so slow why?
      and the first serve nonexistent...

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  12. Horrible I must say, from both guys.

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  13. finally got home and a decent stream for the moment (it didn't work while i was at work).

    just when Marin took the set... ouch.

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  14. I see the wind is strong, but just something doesnt look right, he doesnt look like DC David, like he has no flare in his game.

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  15. I think a lot of the time they're simply both struggling to control the ball.

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  16. Quality is picking up though.

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  17. Important 3rd set! yaaaay! it's better from David though!

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  18. Dont understand why he played that tie break with the only tactic in his mind, wait for Cilic to miss.

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  19. Don't think he did. He went for too much with that forehand it all started with...

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  20. Cant believe he didnt take his cahnces there.

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  21. Some humors that Delpo is sick, wow this could be a huge huge upset in the making.

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  22. way too many UEs from both players.
    Critical time here...

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  23. :( :( :( :(
    the 3rd MP... and that netted forehand...

    let alone the UEs...
    :(

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  24. He gave his best but really a horrible match from David, just nothing was working for him, is Delpo gonna play?

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  25. Wow, what a shocker. Especially at Parque Roca. I knew it could be trouble when David didn't win it in four. Valiant effort, but he was out of gas in the fifth set.

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  26. His movement was rather poor at the end. So now there are already speculations about whether he might have injured himself again. We'll have to wait and see...

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  27. I'm worried, and Danny Miche's tweet is not reassuring... indeed wait and see... nothing serious I really hope :/

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  28. Well, right now, everybody is just speculating.

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  29. Oh no... It's being confirmed now. He's injured again.

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    1. that's terrible :(
      especially after this loss in Davis Cup where he wanted to bring a point for the team, as always :(

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  30. Yeah... And what makes it worse is that it's his left leg again. If it really happened during the early stages of the match then he played almost five hours with that injury...

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  31. Oh no, no, no, no terrible, so terrible. I hope it isn't that worse...

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  32. Ohh ffs that is the only thing we didnt want to happen, an injury. After all that energy he put in that game, even if he didnt play well, that is shocking news to be honest with u. How serious is it?? will he be out for long?? Worried times...:(

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  33. I'll try my best to find out how bad it really is.

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  34. Well and also i think today was a bad day in the office because he done about 10 double faults and soo many unforced errors maybe even hundred and im not even exagerrating. Delpos winning tho which is good but its important that this injury isnt gunna be bad :(

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  35. He had an injury hampering his movement. For hours, apparently. Add to that the windy conditions (especially a problem for his high ball toss when serving) and the plenty of bad bounces - I mean, if there ever was a match where he should be excused for making tons of errors then I think it's this one.

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