Monday, May 28, 2012

Roland Garros R1 - David vs Adrian Ungur

(Reuters)
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It was David's comeback at Roland Garros after four years - but after just under three hours, it was all over. For in the end, it was Adrian Ungur, who prevailed 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5.
A poor match from David, who played too passively and allowed himself to get pushed behind the baseline. Never really playing the match on his own terms.

The good news is that David has played a full clay-court swing without any injuries. And also, that this defeat won't have any consequences for his chances of qualifying for the Olympics. Unless Chela reaches the semifinal at Roland Garros, David will make it to the Olympics.

His next stop will now be the Queen's Club (June 11-17).

A first round of photos now on the Photo Page, report coming tomorrow.



(Getty Images/Mediafax; montage by VD)














Update
12.25pm local - the first match on Court 6 has already finished. Next up now: David...

When David played his last match at Roland Garros, Roger Federer was still #1 in the world, and had been for years. And David was ranked #7. It was the year after his run at Madrid and Paris. And he came to Roland Garros, having won the Copa Telmex and having reached the final at Acapulco, the longest winning streak of his career at the time. Back then, clay was just another, and not a potentially dangerous surface for him to play on. Though already back then, David was carrying the hip injury that would change the course of his career...
Today, four years later, almost exactly to the day, David finally plays a match at Roland Garros again. And he gets to face someone he'll remember from Davis Cup.

27-year-old Adrian Ungur is, at #91, currently ranked as high as he's ever been in his career. Mostly because of his results at clay-court Challengers: Ungur reached the final of three of those, this season. At the ATP-level, however, he hasn't made it past the first round at any of the tournaments he played this year, while at the three clay-court Masters events he didn't manage to get through qualifying.

As mentioned before, David (still ranked #40 this week) and Adrian Ungur met in Davis Cup last year. A match that David played despite suffering from an acute case of hernia and won despite suffering an additional adductor injury during it, both of which required surgery. And basically all I remember from that match is the injury drama (and the tears).
But what's clear is that Ungur is a clay-courter, who will give David the rhythm he likes but who will also try to entangle him in long rallies. While David will try to take control of the points and keep them short.
After four years, today it's welcome back to Roland Garros.
And here's hoping that it's going to be a good new start for David.

87 comments:

  1. I'll add that when David played his last match at Roland Garros, Vamos David did not yet exist...

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  2. wow so many things have changed since then...

    so Vamos David even more! hope David won't let Ungur dictate long rallies.

    and thank you Denise for the training pics in Paris, looks like the anise green-(yellowish for some players) is the trend this week hehe :)

    so happy Monday is off.

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  3. Public holiday for you? Here too. :)

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  4. yes public holiday here :)

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  5. I think I just saw Martin Jaite in the crowd there.

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    1. Martin Jaite as a "coach" for David you think? or as the DC captain?

      David time!!!! :)

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  6. Keeping everything crossed! Vamos David!

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  7. It's so cool to see all these people taking pics of David while he's getting prepared on court. I'm glad he's back here :)

    Vamos!!!!

    i still love those blue shoes hehe!

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  8. By the way, there are two Vamosdaviders in the crowd today, Denise and Marion. :)

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    1. Good to hear, I hope they have a good time (which of course will depend on David, who may haveworried them a bit just now...)

      My friend Clare is there too, and has already emailed me a photo. :)

      Court 6 is my favourite outside court.

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  9. lucky you Denise and Marion, the court is packed full, wow!! :)

    and no commies which is awesome, we can even hear the racquets put on the chair lol

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  10. hmm looks like Ungur's loss in DC last year is far behind him now.

    Vamos David!!!

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  11. Ungur is playing good, holding on long rallies, and his one handed backhand is... efficient.
    And is trying to dropshot David everytime he can..

    David looked a bit grumpy in the 1st set but I hope he'll be back on track.

    Vamos!!! and hold, hold, hold.

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  12. Has David had a breakchance in this match?

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  13. Holiday here, too. David's got to even things up here. What a setting Court 6 is. Gotta get to Roland Garros some day.

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    1. John, hope you get there soon. I love going to RG - but I only went for the first time in 2009, so I've missed David there.
      A couple of years ago I only had a ground pass, but spent a whole day on Court 6 and saw some great matches - and you get a much better view than high up in the stands on the show courts. It really is a great place to watch tennis. :)

      I'm sure Denise and Marion will be enjoying themselves there - more so now David has levelled up.

      Uh-oh... break point.

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  14. Gett in!! Best time to break and grab the set. Vamos Daviddd!!

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  15. I was literally biting nails after those 5 set points.
    but YAAAY!!!

    keep it up David, keep it up! :)

    the "ole ole ole ole David" always following him wherever he plays hehehe! :)

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  16. Yeah but what a shame to start like that in the third. Vamos Daviiid

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    1. David has really no luck in this clay season, even an Ungur is playing like a top 10 player today.

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    2. David is not so bad since the second set, but like always he has these some catastrophic service games from time to time. I think that's because he is not a good server.
      And finally he could win a service game where he had to save break points.

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  17. No, he isn't. But David is making it easy for him to look good.

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  18. But Ungur is serving really good and with some UEs from David it becomes very difficult for him to break.

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    1. oooh no, so many chances to break this game but he wasted theme all with simple UEs.

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  19. David is way too far the behind the baseline, has been all match. He's defending most of the time, allowing Ungur to dominate.

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  20. exactly Julia, Ungur is way too much inside the court, he can place his shots wherever he wants...

    David smashed his racquet, I feel for him with these dropshots by Ungur :( :(

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  21. Tbh Ungur is serving alright which is making it difficult during the service games for David to break but what Julia said is right. Him standing back and hitting ball near the service line rather than the baseline is allowing ungur to take control and credit where credits due hes doing that well. I reckon David needs to take the ball earlier and take the initiative. Hes gottta break now

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  22. F*** sake. This looks like its gunna be a long road if hes gunna win

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  23. Havent seen David so passive in a long time, not looking good.

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  24. What chances to come back :(

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  25. oh David :(
    I hope he still has some gas left because 4th set will be complicated if Ungur still serving good that way.

    Vamos!!

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  26. I think it's more a case of David, returning poorly. And getting frustrated.

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  27. Hooray - at least this time he has used serving first to get ahead in the set.

    I'm only looking at the scoreboard, btw. Here in the UK our holiday has been moved to next week because of the Queen's 60-year anniversary, so I'm at work. Not too busy today though. :)

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    1. Only busy with the scoreboard. ;)

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    2. I know where my priorities lie. ;)

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  28. David's got to step up his aggressiveness or it's going to be one-and-done. Ungur is playing well, though.

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  29. looks like Ungur is getting frustrated as well though he's leading. (2 times about to smash his racquet!).
    For real, David can do something early in this set on Ungur's serve. Vamos!!!
    (and yesss, he's standing almost near the judge line far away behind the baseline to return...)

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  30. We have seen this before havent we, first rounds of Grand Slams is usually like this=)

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  31. He's not one for cruising through the early rounds, no.

    At least he's trying to play more aggressively now.

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  32. David on the verge of losing the match after a few errors on his serve.
    Vamos El Rey, please!!!

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  33. david lost... so boring seeing him play like this

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    1. what a boring match.. and he was very passive and demotivated most of the time.
      His Grand Slam disaster continues..

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  34. Boring isn't really the word that comes to my mind, to be honest.

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  35. not boring, but frustrating, I'm about to cry, not because I'm mad at him but because of the combo errors + 1st serve + too much defending + Ungur all around the court...
    Too bad he couldn't save the match point, forehand gone too long, exactly the point of the match, I guess, the unprecise shots by David at some point...

    at least, Chela has his quarterfinal points to defend. I'm not wishing him to lose but it's going to be tough in his part of the draw.

    I hope it's not over for David's chances for being the 4th Argentine at the Olympics :(

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    1. Chela didn't defend his WTC points. So he'd have to reach semis to get past David again.

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  36. i cant belive that he lost from Ungur.I think ungur is going to win only a couple of games against the big federer

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  37. really really sad to see this performance from david =(

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  38. A very disappointing result. I was at least looking forward to a match with Federer. But really, I'm glad David's clay-court season is over. He just can't grind out wins on the stuff anymore. Age is a factor here. He needs a faster surface to put away shots. Guess I'll watch Nole and Starace on ESPN now.

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  39. Well, that's disappointing.
    Not that the draw David had gave him a chance for gaining many points to stay ahead of Chela. We were all so disappointed at seeing Federer in R2, and it turned out to be irrelevant.

    It will be interesting to see how Chela progresses now. Is he likely to get past Almagro in R2? If he does, I think it gets a bit easier for him, but beating Almagro might be a tall order.

    I notice Edu Schwank is back with Chela for the doubles, despite doing so well at RG last year with Cabal. So I'm guessing they are planning to pair up for the Olympics. It would have been nice to think Nalbandian/Schwank might be the pairing. Well, I guess it's still possible.

    Let's hope David enjoys the grass at Queen's. He might as well head off there sooner rather than later.

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    1. I'm not sure Edu's ranking will be good enough to qualify for the Olympic doubles. Then again, I'm also not entirely sure I understand the doubles qualifying rules...

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    2. I haven't got a clue about how the doubles ranking works for the Olympics, I must admit. All complicated by so many regular partnerships not being from the same nation. I just assumed Edu would be ranked high enough. :(

      Well, there is one doubles player I'm looking forward to seeing that you know of, Julia, who I'm confident is ranked high enough - not from Argentina though. ;)

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    3. Well, Edu still has his runner-up points to defend from last year, doesn't he?

      And yeah, I know who you mean. ;)

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    4. Oh well if Chela has to get to the semis, he hasn't really got a chance even if he does beat Almagro. Baghdatis first too.

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  40. Shut up about boring? It hurts a lot when he loses, and mira ur exactly right. Im absolutely devastated, he wasnt good enough today. Urghh suchh a bad mood. He needs to regroup and tbh clay was never a favoured surface, Im glad its gone now for him. Nalby forever people dont slag him off whenever he loses a match.

    Next up Queens + wimbledon here in London and he best be playing well when I go to watch him!!

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    1. It's in every match different for him, so it means nothing for me that he played so bad today.

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  41. he has never been so good server but his returning game is not working at all.Ungur reminds me wawrinka He played so well with that backhand!

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  42. I bet Federer fans will be pleased. I read a few nervous murmurings when they saw David's place in the draw.

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  43. Well, if David played against Fed like he played today...

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  44. Julia, your photo choice says it all.

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  45. Yeah, pretty much sums up the match, doesn't it.

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  46. It's really sad he can't even win 1 match in Roland Garros, sigh. But perhaps playing 5-set clay matches are just too much for him now. Somehow I am glad that the clay season is over for him!

    He needs to reach the final of the grass court tournament before having a chance to be seeded for Wimbledon. I can't imagine seeing him playing Djokovic in R1.

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  47. It's in every match different David, so it means nothing for me that he was so bad today.
    And Julia, I can't imagine that he would play so bad against Federer :D

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  48. He should just come to London straight from there tbh and get some practise on the grass. I think if he plays against federer or any of the top guys, his mentality changes anyways. His intensity is better and his general game is better. Much more motivation. I guess that was one of the things lacking today, only at times though. I'd want to hear David's take on it if he does an interview...

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  49. Fed fans would rather avoid a "good ol' days" match, it's weird because we all know Federer would've been unquestionable favorite if he played David in R2.

    oh, so David, Davydenko, Roddick, Hewitt, all out of RG. My favorite era is about to be over :( :(
    I don't know if I'll ever be a huge fan of another tennis player like I am of David.

    It's the first time in years that I can't wait for this Roland Garros to be over already! haha :)

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    1. I'm sad about Davydenko, not so much the others. I'm hoping that Ferrero will keep going a while longer. I have three days at RG coming up, but luckily I love doubles, so I'll probably be watching a lot of those - especially as an alternative to some of the WTA screechers.

      Mira, I know what you mean :( :( ... but hopefully someone else to excite you will come along before too long. It's always hard to imagine it happening.

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  50. Maybe David and I will cross paths - he on his way to London and me on my way to Paris. But I'll be back in time for Day 1 of Queen's. :)

    I think Federer fans will always be wary of David.

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    1. hehe Istabraq I hope you'll meet David somewhere at the London airport... if he doesn't come back to Argentina right after this loss :)(I hope he won't)

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  51. How many times do I have to tell you, Chris?

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  52. Who u talking to ^^

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  53. Chris is no longer allowed to post comments on VD but still insists on trying.

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  54. i am so sad for david, but i am also glad that the clay season is over, was unusual to see david so far behind the baseline as today. Lets hope for a good summer with grass and the us hardcourt events =) VAMOS!

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  55. Lets hope but I dont think so this kind of retun game would be enough on grass.He needs to rise up the level thats for sure.what happened with him after losing to Nadal in IW.He is not playing well at all.Maybe he run out of gas

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  56. Not much to add, I wasn't able to watch the match as I was also at work, and was only able to snatch the odd glimpse at the scoreboard on my phone. I'm disappointed but on the other hand I'd prefer he didn't get injured on the clay with so many important grass tournaments coming up. I don't believe for a second he'd have got past Federer so it's not so bad and hopefully he'll get to qualify for the Olympics.

    Istabraq, I'm so jealous of you going to RG, and even more so for Queens, I had such a great time there last year with you. I'm away to New York on holiday on Thursday, so don't have any spare funds (or leave from work) to fit in a trip down to London this year. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it though :-)

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  57. ever since he changed to his old racquet after indian wells he is not playing well
    i think it has something to do with it

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  58. We just need to be realistic to accept that the old Nalby who kept reaching SF/QF of Slams in 2002-2006 is history - he is not the same player anymore after the injury. So dont expect him to play consistently well throughout the years. He could still post occasional upsets - e.g., on Simon and Tipsarevic this year. He is also a human!

    Just look at players like Ferrero, Blake, Davydenko and Haas - their level of play is also on-and-off and on-and-off after big surgeries. They also easily lost in R1/R2 of Slams for years.

    The clock is ticking fast and time is running out - I only hope he will play full-time 1-2 more years...

    Let's rather enjoy what Nalby would offer us, and instead of complaining his poor play. No one wants to play badly, right?

    Somehow I think he should relax a bit and just enjoy himself more on court. He should go for the shots more aggressively. But perhaps the injury affects his movement and timing for the shots to a certain extent.

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    1. I totally agree with your post. At this stage in David's career it's not reasonable to expect him to always go deep in tournaments especially in 5 set format matches. In comparison to his "juniors class" Ferrero, Blake, Davydenko, I think David is still doing well. Federer is the rare exception who has been able to avoid serious injuries and the effects of aging to still be an elite player. I would just love to see David win one of the smaller events at least... This year he has already beat Simon, Tipsy, Tsonga and had nail biters with Nadal and Murray that could have gone either way. But then it's frustrating to see him lose to players he is very capable of beating like Seppi, Ungur etc. Is is just me or does it seem like he has a better chance against top 10 players than players ranked 50 and above? ;)

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    2. I don't think anybody here on VD has been complaining about his "poor play". Quite to the contrary, we're sad and disappointed, but that doesn't mean we're blaming him for losing. I mean, who are we to blame such a talented person.
      So yeah, let's enjoy his presence on the Tour as long as he's still there and willing to play.

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  59. whatever...

    good news is that Roland Garros' Road to RG took the time to invite David in their car + driver hehehe :)

    I'm having this video on repeat for the last 2 hours lol.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3j847tsqwMc

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    1. Oooh, I missed that. Thanks for the link, Mira. :)

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  60. Thanks Mira for the vid! That was funny :)

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  61. Yeah, very nice clip. Thanks. :)

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  62. His wishes for David didn't fulfill in the coming days lol

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