Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Rome R2 - David vs Andy Murray















UpdateII
After the first set (during which David didn't manage to hold serve once) it looked like this match would turn into a complete debacle. But even if in the end, it was Andy Murray, who prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 after two hours and 37 minutes, in sets two three David played some amazing tennis. And that's hopefully what he'll be able to take from this match.

Photos and everything else tomorrow...


(AP Photo/Getty Images; montage by VD)
















Update
5.23pm local - David's match is now next up on the Campeo Centrale. At last...

When last week the controversy raged about the blue and slippery courts at Madrid, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic threatening the boycott the tournament next year while Roger Federer won the title in the end, the only top player who didn't take part in the debate, nor in the tournament itself, was Andy Murray. Having pulled out of Madrid, he spent the last week in Rome, getting ready for this event and for this match, his first one at Rome, this year.

For Andy Murray, ranked #4, there's been only one tournament this season where he didn't at least make it to the quarterfinal. That was Indian Wells, where he went out in the second round. But apart from that, Murray won the title at Brisbane, he was a finalist at Dubai and Miami and reached the semifinal at the Australian Open. On clay, Murray has had two quarterfinal appearances so far, at Monte Carlo (lost to Berdych) and Barcelona (lost to Raonic).

Today's match will be the seventh meeting between David and Andy Murray and by now, the match record stands at 4-2 for Murray. The last five of their six matches so far I covered here on VD (Paris 2008, Toronto 2010, Paris 2010, Cincy 2011 and Tokyo 2011), among them the four defeats in a row that David suffered the last four times they met.
What their previous matches have shown, including those that David lost, is that he usually has a shot at breaking Murray's serve - but also that Murray won't let David get away with playing any sloppy service games of his own. In most of their previous matches they were fairly evenly matched from the baseline so in the end, it was the serve and the ability to hold serve that made the difference. Whether it'll be the same again today, in what's going to be their first ever encounter on clay - the match will give the answers.

38 comments:

  1. still a men's match before David/Murray.
    I really hope David will have and use the opportunities on Murray's serve.
    Vamos!! :)

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  2. after which match will they begin?

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  3. after Starace/Kubot on Centrale.

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  4. Kubot shouldve finished this agme off ffsss i wanna see el rey

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  5. finally! David/Murray to play in a few minutes!
    Vamos David!!

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  6. Buzzinn!! Every time nalby plays and it is televised on sky sports they say hes one of the most talented in the world. Makes me proud lool and he should get more mention

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  7. David is playing realy well

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  8. First comfortable hold of the match. It's possible, after all...

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  9. and another one... Vamos David!!! hold on!

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  10. and another comfortable hold. 5-4 in the second set, vamos!!! (much better 2nd set, though the 1st set wasn't that bad rallies-wise)

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  11. What a turnaround after that first set. Vamos!

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  12. yaaaayyyyy fully deserved 2nd set. And thanks Murray for those set points! :)

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  13. Vamos David! Yay, wonderful!

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  14. wow!!!! he saved 2 break points to hold his serve. Now it'd be better if he tries to hold comfortable like in the 2nd set. Vamos!!!!

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  15. and he breaks Murray hehe. Please hold David, please please.

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  16. How did I post a comment on the wrong page? Doh! I should have been over here.

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  17. Oh dear. I arrived on the wrong page at 4 all, just in time to help him win the second set. ;)

    Now I've turned up on the right page, just in time to help him get broken back. Sorry. :(

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    1. don't worry Istabraq, it's not you :p

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  18. crucial hold by David this time. Vamos!!!

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  19. Good luck from Ukraine. Beat him, David

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  20. 5-4 same configuration as 2nd set. Hope he can try something there! Vamos!!!

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  21. Good hold by Murray but for real, no matter what happens here, David is playing good. Hold please, please.

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  22. A birthday present for Murray from the net cord... This just can't be happening.

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  23. Oh my...
    Lucky Murray for that netcord :( Serving for the match.

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  24. extreamly lucky Murray!

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  25. ooooh :( too bad for those 2 break point he had while Murray was serving for the match :( too bad...
    but still, good match overall, so close.
    I'm glad he could make Murray 'doubt' at some point, showing big confidence while hitting the ball so cleanly with amazing angles. Still an example for those who want to watch beautiful tennis despite the loss :(

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  26. I have never seen like this before that kind of luck at the end even with this backhand with murray!

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  27. That final break really was unfortunate...
    But still, it was a completely different level of play that he showed today, compared to everything we've seen from him since IW. He's still very much able to keep up with the top guys. And I think it's important for him to know that.

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  28. Tough match. I think David would have won if he held after breaking for 3-1 in the third set. And that net cord. Damn. Still a good match, with some great angles. Like most of David's matches with the top guys, a point or two here or there could have produced a win.

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  29. how unlucky defeat :((((
    but amazing performance from David. That shows that he can play good if he wants. Nobody can play angles like him, and he did it even 2 times in a row, that was amazing. But he would win much easier the rallies if he shot hard instead.
    Why didn't he play so in Belgrad? I don't understand, he isn't motivated against other players, but when he faces the top 4, suddenly he plays tennis from other galaxy tough he loses in the end. Today it was not only the serve that make the difference in the third set but also sooo much luck for Murray

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    1. Well, it's clay and therefore not as easy to hit winners, using sheer power. Especially not against someone who defends as well as Murray.
      David doesn't possess the physique to hit the ball as hard as many of the younger players today. And he'll be the first to admit it. But as Robbie Koenig said during the match, if you can't hit through your opponents you have to find ways of hitting around them. And I really enjoy David's way of hitting around them. :)

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  30. Was soooo pissed its unbelievable. That was a great match he played today. Showed his brilliance and that he can contain it throughout the match. Murray was so f***ing lucky but so proud of David. He really can get in to the top 10 or 15 come the end of the season. El Rey David! Now looking foreward to RG

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  31. Julia - Where have our comments [3] gone? Am I looking in the wrong place??

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    1. Just found them, sorry I lost the plot by posting on the wrong thread, duh! Have a good day, onwards RG and Wimby for David, we enjoy seeing him in London and I hope he comes to Boodles.

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  33. Yeah, me too. A season without Boodles just wouldn't be right...
    Have a good day, too. :)

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