Monday, May 14, 2012

Benvenuti a Roma - David Overcomes Ramos


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.

(Andrew Medichini/AP Photo)

14 comments:

  1. There's that shirt again! Haha

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  2. Good luck to Nalby today!

    He needs to get into the match as quickly as possible and win it in straigh sets. If Murray gets back into the match and take the second set, it is likely that Murray will eventually win the match.

    But I expect Nalby will be 'criticized' heavily again after today:
    * If he loses 6-2 6-2, posts like 'I am so disappointed, he must retire' will appear...
    * If he loses after wasting a 1-set lead, posts like 'he chokes under pressure. I will never watch him again' will appear...

    So it seems he must wins ALL his matches, or he will always be criticized as 'lazy' / 'fat' / 'wasting talent' / etc. and should be sent to prison, sigh!!!!!

    If he could win today, and then again in R3, he should get enough points to just be ranked around +-#32 to get a see for Roland Garros...

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  3. Anonymous, I think you're generalizing : not all of David's fans are overreacting like that. Quite to the contrary, most of David's fans are following his career for long enough to know what's going on... Otherwise we would not be fans of him in the first place.

    And of course, there'll always be non-fans who criticize him but well, who cares? Not David's fans. Nobody here expect him to win ALL his matches every week. But we're always hopeful whenever he plays, that's why we're fans.

    One can be disappointed without insulting him, and that's why we're all here on Vamos David, because we estimate his talent and achievements more than constantly criticize his losses. (and we all know he lost so many matches he could've won but it is what it is)

    Still, vamos David!!! I think he and Murray will both have opportunities on each other's serve.

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    1. I assume that the anonymous poster above wasn't referring to everybody here on VD.

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    2. Yes, I really did not mean everyone here is that 'naughty'!

      I just think Nalby will be slowing winding down his career, occasionally posting some upset wins on top 20 players (e.g., on Simon and Tipsarevic this year) + teach some tennis lessons to the up-and-coming young players.

      I still hope he could finally have an upset win over the top4 - he is always so close against Nadal (THOSE beautiful rallies!). Had he been more healthy in 2007-2011, he could have beaten Nadal few more times.

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  4. David is not playing agressive as before

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  5. I think it gets very difficult to play aggressively if it's as windy as it was during that match. Sometimes, both David and Ramos were struggling, just trying to keep the ball in court.

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  6. Its not only on this tournament,hes playing like this for whole season,since his match with Isner in Australia i think

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  7. I'd disagree. I think he still plays his kind of game, constructing points, setting up his attacks. I'd even say it's been working better again this season because his movement and fitness are better than last year.

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  8. I just got home from work at 4 all. David obviously needed me here. ;)

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  9. Hi Julia
    Sorry for my absence. Just to let you know I'm still around supporting David, nothing changes on that score, what a shame for him last night. Imo, he's looking pretty good for the rest of the season.

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  10. Hi Jenny. :)
    Nice to hear from you. Yeah, he came pretty close last night... And I hope it'll be a good rest of season for him so he'll decide to play another one.

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    1. I'll try and get back more often, I do enjoy your reading your articles and other posters comments. I hope David was able to take some positives from this defeat which was unfortunate, I so wanted him to win, needed a stiff drink after it! I see Ferrer is on the same side of the draw, so I'll be pushing for him. Try posting on the other site again, it's now Typepad.

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  11. You're always welcome here. :)
    But yeah, I think there's a lot of positive things for him to take from this match. And once he's past the initial disappointment...
    And thanks for the invitation but these days, it's pretty much just David's matches and VD for me - and often enough it gets difficult to make enough time for that...

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