Having missed the last three editions of this event due to injury, David made his comeback at the Internazionale BNL d'Italia, also known as the Rome Masters, today. And overcoming not only his opponent Albert Ramos but also the very windy conditions on court, after an hour an 37 minutes David eventually prevailed 6-3, 6-4. A victory that could've been easier than it was in the end but all in all, it was a good match from David. Still, in the second round tomorrow, a different kind of test is going to await David in the shape of fourth seed Andy Murray.
After David faced and managed to save a first break point at 1-1, Ramos gifted David a break with a double fault in the following game, allowing him to go up 3-1. It was the only time that Ramos came under pressure on serve in the first set but that one break David carried through the first set without facing any further difficulties or break points. At 5-3, David served for the set and finally managed to convert his third set point, taking the first set 6-3.
At the beginning of the second set, David immediately broke Ramos and then consolidated his break for a 2-0 lead. And when he extended that lead to a double break and 4-1, it looked like the match would soon be over. The double break turned out to be short-lived, however, as David dropped his serve in the following game (for 4-2) but only to then break Ramos again afterwards. Up 5-2, David served for the match but with his first serve deserting him at that moment, Ramos was able to break back. With Ramos serving to stay in the match at 5-3, David held a first match point but couldn't convert it before eventually serving out the match at the second time of asking, 6-4.
It was very windy in Rome today, the kind of conditions that David really doesn't like and that usually affect especially his serve. But apart from getting broken twice towards the end of the match (and most of all when serving for it) David's serve was fairly solid today. With Ramos giving David the kind of rhythm that he likes while not really managing to put him under too much pressure, David was often enough able to take the initiative during the rallies, to construct points and also finish them at the net. In short, David played most of this match on his terms. Whether he'll be able to do the same against Murray tomorrow - we'll find out.
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