This, in the pic above, was how it started. The end, however, was not quite as picturesque. At 7-6(3), 3-4 for David, he vented his frustation about having just lost his serve again by viciously kicking a board. Something that he tends to do on court but in this case, he hurt the linesman who was sitting behind that board. And because of that, David got defaulted.
A way of losing the match that will have its consequences for him, also beyond the match itself. What those consequences will look like exactly, that remains to be seen.
I'll wait with my post about this match and all that went and might still go with it until tomorrow, when the dust has settled a bit.
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It's been a strange week with the rain and the delays. I won some very good matches and I'm happy with the way I'm playing. These victories are good, going to Wimbledon and the Olympics.A strange week for David, and one of following his matches mostly on the scoreboard for us. But it's also been a strange week at the Queen's Club in general, with the top seeds going out early and the draw opening up unexpectedly for David. In the past, he was often unable to take advantage of situations like that. But normal rules just don't seem to apply this week...
So today, David gets to play the second final on grass of his career, ten years after his surprise run to the Wimbledon final back in 2002. It's his first final since Auckland 2011.
In it, he gets to face a player he has a positive match record against (standing at 4-1 in David's favour) and has beaten before this year, in the second round at Indian Wells. But Marin Cilic also inflicted a very painful defeat on David this year, by beating him during the Davis Cup quarterfinal tie in April. Becoming only the second player (after Nikolay Davydenko) to defeat David at the Parque Roca. Another match in very windy conditions. In David's words:
When we played in Davis Cup, the wind that we had was horrible. It was a bad match, that's a fact, and when it's like that you can't take anything from it. Just like today [i.e. yesterday] you don't know what you did well or badly.What both David and Marin Cilic did well yesterday was handling the conditions better than their opponents. Today, however, it's apparently not as windy in London as it was yesterday.
To get to this final, sixth seed Cilic (#25) beat, after a bye in the first round, Matthew Ebden and Lukas Rosol before profiting from Yen-Hsun Lu's retirement in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal yesterday, he overcame former Queen's Club champion Sam Querrey in three sets. David's (very brief) assessment of his opponent and his game:
He's a very complete player with very good shots, especially the serve. I'll have to be wary.But also Cilic knows that he'll have to be wary of David and his strengths:
It's very difficult to play against him because most of the time he's in control of the game and with the return and the groundstrokes he doesn't give you many chances. You have to be smart in the game, know how to put the ball away from him and put him in tough positions that he can't really control it.Let's hope he can control it - VAMOS DAVID!