David has reached the semifinal at Belgrade with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Joao Souza in 72 minutes. In tomorrow's semifinal, once again in the night session, he'll meet second seed Andreas Seppi.
I don't have time to write a report this time but I'll be adding some pics (and, if possible, video highlights) later.
The draw for Madrid is out already (thanks, Mina!).
You can have a look at it here - but it's pretty much a case of worst case scenario for David. First round: Milos Raonic. And if he gets past him: Federer in the second...
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In football, today's match would be a rather explosive combination - Argentina against Brazil. But in tennis, it simply is David against Joao Souza in the last quarterfinal match of the day at Belgrade. For David, it's the fourth quarterfinal appearance this season and the third one on clay. And it's another match against an opponent he has never met before.
23-year old Joao Souza, ranked #116 this week (the highest he's been ranked was #84, last autumn) belongs to those players who move back and forth between Challengers and playing ATP-level tournaments, if they can get into the main draw. His best result so far in this season was the quarterfinal he reached at Viña del Mar (lost to Juan Ignacio Chela). But since then it's been a series of first-round exits for Souza, both at Challenger and ATP events. A trend he was able to stop this week with his win over seventh seed Ryan Harrison. In the second round, Souza's opponent Dusan Lajovic was forced to retire injured after six games.
Joao Souza is a clay specialist but one who likes to go for his shots (I seem to remember that he has a pretty good backhand) and who likes to come to the net if he gets the chance. In short, David will be faced with more aggressive play than in the previous round.
Another factor could be the weather as some rain is forecast for Belgrade during the day.
Edit: Right now (at 12pm local) it looks like the forecast was wrong and it's going to be another sunny day at Belgrade.