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It was a nice match that saw a couple of great rallies as well as some laughter and a bit of banter between the two buddies. And in the end, David beat Nicolas Almagro 3-6, 6-3, 10-4. But most of all it was a warm and friendly reception that David got at Stoke Park, just like always, and for him, this match will have been a very welcome moment of normality after the last few days. I for one thought that his relief after the match was palpable.
Edit: Apparently, David will play another match on Friday.
Edit: Plenty of photos that Istabraq (thank you!) took during the match and before it as well as a handful of agency photos (for David's match was also covered by Getty Images and I think we all know why) you can now view on the Photo Page.
In the meantime, it has been officially confirmed that David will be playing Wimbledon. The draw, and perhaps another match for David at Boodles, coming tomorrow.
5.38pm local: The second match of the day has finished. Next up now: David.
Today is the day of David's first public appearance after the Queen's Club final. And perhaps, there couldn't be any better occasion for it than The Boodles Challenge. The exhibition event at Stoke Park that he has played every year since 2003, unless injury prevented it.
So Boodles is a tradition with David. But David also is a tradition with Boodles, having played the event more often than any other player, and he's "firmly regarded as a favourite of the event", according to the Boodles website. Or at least he was, when they wrote that, last year.
The Boodles Challenge comprises a three-round 'tournament' as well as a couple of additional matches. In the past, David always played the tournament (last year, after beating Troicki and Gasquet, he lost the final against David Ferrer). That he wouldn't do so this year has already been known for a while, as his name wasn't on the player list. But it still seemed likely that he'd play one of the additional matches - and that's exactly what's going to happen today, with David playing against Nicolas Almagro.
There is a stream for Boodles, this time even directly on the event's website.
Edit: And today, unlike yesterday, it actually works. - At least some of the time.
Istabraq and Denise will be at Stoke Park today. And hopefully they'll be able to tell us more about how David is doing now and how he's being received by the crowd, also outside of the match, itself.