Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Belgrade R2 - David vs Aljaz Bedene

Update
It was his first match in almost a month and he was indeed a bit rusty, especially during the early stages... But in the end, David had no difficulties, defeating Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 6-3 in exactly 80 minutes.
David's next opponent in the quarterfinal will now be Joao Souza. But first of all he gets a day off tomorrow, ahead of quarterfinals day on Friday.

More tomorrow...


(Getty Images/teniskisvet.com; montage by VD)














Theoretically, this was supposed to be David's second match at Belgrade, after playing doubles with Edu Schwank, yesterday. That doubles match didn't come to pass - but not because of David. It was Edu Schwank, who decided to call it off, after some tough matches he had, qualifying for singles and then also beating Dudi Sela in the first round, yesterday.
So David's Belgrade premiere will be tonight's prime-time match against Aljaz Bedene, currently ranked #156. And perhaps needless to say, they've never met before.

For 22-year-old Aljaz Bedene from Slovenia (not to be confused with Slovakia), it's the third time in his career that he has managed to qualify for a an ATP-level event. Last year, he cracked the Top200 for the first time, after reaching the second round at Vienna (lost to Tommy Haas). This season, he qualified for the main draw at Barcelona but then lost in the first round to Federico Delbonis. At Belgrade, Bedene made it through qualies without dropping a set and then also defeated Martin Klizan in straights, in the first round, yesterday. At the Challenger level, Bedene has had some good results this year, having won two events on clay, most notably the Barletta Challenger, where he beat Potito Starace in the final.

With a current ranking of #156, Aljaz Bedene is the lowest-ranked opponent David has faced this season. But since Bedene has already played four matches at Belgrade, he'll be used to the conditions. David on the other hand will probably be a bit rusty, after not having played in almost a month. For Bedene, this is going to be one of the biggest matches (if not the biggest one) in his still young career. For David, it's going to be match number 546, another early-round encounter against a player he has never met or seen before...
Here's hoping it'll be a good one and a good start at Belgrade.

17 comments:

  1. Good luck David!!
    will come back later tonight to live-comment, good thing there'll be some streams :)
    Never heard of Bedene before, hope he'll be in the match right away and not be surprised by this new opponent.

    and I'm relieved there was nothing serious around Edu's retirement, exhaustion only, it's understandable. And happy the retirement didn't come from David :)

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  2. Stream is open already. Nice to see some people in the stands. Had a look today during Edu's match and found myself reminded of Costa do Sauipe...

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  3. yaay :) some people in the stands tonight, and David's "night session" outfit, hehe like it :)

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  4. and his blue tennis shoes :D

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  5. I like his night session outfit too. :)

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  6. Bedene's serve is pretty powerful, good thing that David gets the break!

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  7. Im out at a football match, checked nalby score and hes up a break, top news. Sad I cant watch, hopefully he wins x

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  8. Like the outfit, too :-)

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  9. apparently Pico has retired of Madrid :-// looks like David won't need his wildcard to enter the main draw...

    I really like David's forehand tonight! :D

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  10. yaaay good start for David in Belgrade. Straight sets win needed. And Bedene looked happy to play an experienced player tonight, hope we'll hear more of him soon.

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  11. Yay good for David, vamos!
    Sad for Pico.

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  12. Well, Pico's plan basically was to try and come back at Rome, if possible. So David's WC will apparently go to Garcia-Lopez.

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  13. Somehow, Aljaz Bedene reminds me a little bit of Richard Gasquet. Looks-wise, not game-wise...

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  14. I had exactly the same thought haha. He reminded me also of Gasquet!

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  15. So I'm not the only one... :)

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    1. Nice to see David staying in great shape and it's translating on the court. Haven't seen David look this fit in many many years!

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  16. Glad to see David win today. To be honest I think he should win the tournament. His only real tough opponent should be in the semifinal or finals... Usted puede ganar este torneo. Vamos David!!!

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